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.
You can receive native tube stock species to take away and plant in your garden. Tenants are required to seek landowner approval before attending.
- 285 High Street - Car park behind the former Council Administration Building
Sunday 4 June 2023, 9.00am to 12.00pm
Residents cant take up to six (6) seedlings per household. Seedlings can only be collected for one property and proof of Maitland residence is required on the day.
Native seedlings for rural landowners
You can apply to receive free native trees and shrubs 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.
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 are now open until Friday 30 June 2023.
By applying to the program, you will take ownership of a tree by watering and caring for it during the establishment stage.
After you apply, our arborists 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 and include a compost and seedling giveaway. By attending these days, you also have the opportunity to ask our environmental experts questions about biodiversity.
- Bolwarra Heights Public Nature Reserve
Sunday 21 May, 9.00am
- Flying Fox community planting - Beryl Humble Reserve, Tenambit (next to the BMX Track)
Sunday 28 May, 9.00am
Our Recreation and Environment teams are working together to include community ideas in the plans to improve the local sporting complex, such as adding native trees and revegetation of land surrounding the project.
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.
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.
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
- Blue Berry Ash
- Tree photinia
- Flowering Gum
- Black Tea Tree
- Crepe Myrtle
- Judas tree
- Chinese trident maple
- Purple leaf plum
Open streets and parks
- Leopard tree
- Weeping myrtle
- Kaffir plum
- Ivory Curl Flower
- Golden rain tree
- Manchurian pear
- Chinese pistachio
- Chinese elm
- Claret ash
- Spotted gum
- River oak
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.