Seedlings, plantings and street trees

Close up of tree on street

Native Seedling Giveaway

Seedling giveaway events are held throughout the year, and Maitland residents are encouraged to attend to receive free seedlings for their homes. Seedlings will be a variety of flowering native shrubs and groundcovers suitable for planting in urban backyards. Shrubs selected are usually limited to a maximum height of 3-4 meters.

Tenants are required to seek landowner approval before collecting.

Upcoming events

  • No upcoming events.

Native seedlings for rural landowners

You can apply to receive free native trees and shrubs, along with stakes and guards, to help in the revegetation of your rural property by completing a Native Seedling Agreement Form. Council will decide the number and type of seedlings suitable for your property, before organising delivery to your property.

Apply for rural native seedlings

Community Street Tree Planting Program

The Community Street Tree Planting Program provides residents with an opportunity to request a street tree to be planted on the Council land in front of their property.

Expressions of interest for the recent Community Street Tree Planting Program have now closed. 

Our arborists will assess the location of each requested site to evaluate any suitable areas for planting. If there’s an area deemed suitable at the location, we will decide the best species to be planted based on trees that are already nearby, what will grow best in the area and what trees are available at the time. Unfortunately, not all applicants are guaranteed a tree.

Local planting events

Council hosts Community Planting Days in Autumn and Spring each year, bringing the community together to plant trees. By attending these days, you also have the opportunity to ask our environmental experts questions about biodiversity.

Upcoming events

  • Sunday 1 October, 9am to 12pm
    Somerset Drive (near sports field entrance), Thornton

Help restore threatened ecological communities in Maitland, such as the endangered Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest.

  • Sunday 8 October, 9am to 12pm
    Mt Vincent Road (opposite Wilton Drive), East Maitland. Parking is available at Watergum Street.

Help restore threatened ecological communities in Maitland, such as the endangered Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest. After the planting, you’re also invited to take a tour of Maitland’s newest Landcare sites.

Participants are asked to bring along their own gloves, water and sunscreen and should wear enclosed footwear, long sleeves, long pants and a hat. We will provide all the planting tools required for the events. 

As a part of preparing the Environmental Sustainability Strategy, we will continue to engage with the community regarding the greening of local spaces throughout Maitland.

Bushland reserves

Council successfully received grant funding from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program to investigate new environmental spaces that will benefit the community.

Dunmore Road in Largs and Weblands Street Reserve in Aberglasslyn were both identified to turn into spaces that incorporate habitat preservation for native wildlife, and recreational opportunities for local residents to connect with nature.

Dunmore Road Reserve vegetation

The vegetation covers approximately 5.5 hectares of remnant bushland with a canopy layer composed of scattered old trees but dominated by younger regrowth of Forest Red Gums. Some of the remnant trees are over 100 years old and possess numerous hollows that provide important nesting sites for numerous species of native fauna.

Weblands Street Reserve vegetation

The vegetation covers approximately 20 hectares of remnant bushland with a mostly intact canopy layer composed of Spotted Gums and Ironbarks. Some of these trees are upward of 100 years old and possess numerous hollows that provide important nesting sites for many species of native fauna.
An ephemeral creek runs through the centre of the site which provides suitable habitat for some amphibian species. This creek runs eastward along Denton Park Drive before draining into the local wetland.

Bushland improvements

Community consultation revealed that the lack of formed tracks, weed invasion and illegal access vehicles represent major issues.

As a result, the grant funding has been spent on priority works, including:

  • The establishment of formal walking tracks
  • Fencing in strategic areas to limit vehicular access to the reserves
  • Weed control to improve the health of the vegetation
  • Building picnic tables and seating
  • Installation of educational/interpretative signage relating to the indigenous and European heritage as well as the ecology of the sites
  • Continued partnership with Hunter Regional Landcare Network
  • Wildlife nesting boxes.

Preferred tree species in Maitland

Below is a list of preferred species our staff plant across Maitland:

Trees under power lines

  • Weeping bottlebrush
  • Watergum
  • Blue Berry Ash
  • Tree photinia
  • Flowering Gum
  • Tuckeroo
  • Black Tea Tree
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Judas tree
  • Chinese trident maple
  • Purple leaf plum

Open streets and parks

  • Lillypilly
  • Leopard tree
  • Weeping myrtle
  • Kaffir plum
  • Ivory Curl Flower
  • Golden rain tree
  • Manchurian pear
  • Chinese pistachio
  • Chinese elm
  • Claret ash


  • Spotted gum
  • Cadaghi
  • Tallowwood
  • Brushbox
  • River oak
  • Turpentine


Council must approve any tree or shrub planted on Council owned or controlled land. This is to ensure the site is suitable for new plantings and any planting complements the existing streetscape.

A species not included on the preferred species list may still be planted after an assessment by our Tree Services staff, who will make a decision based on environmental, infrastructure, and community safety factors.

See Also
Trees on Private & Council land
Weeds and pesticides