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

Seedlings can only be collected for one property and proof of Maitland residence is required on the day. Limited availability, until all stock has been allocated.

Guide to planting native seedlings

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

Street Tree Planting

Residents can request a free street tree to be planted on the Council land in front of their property. Requests can be made by creating an account or logging in to the MyCouncil portal

Upon request, our arborists will assess the location 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 at the time. Unfortunately, not all requests are guaranteed a tree.

Please note: by requesting a free tree planting, you will adopt the tree and be required to water and care for it during the establishment stage.

Together we can create a cooler, greener, healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come.

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

  • Friday 19 July, 9am - 12pm
    Beauford Circuit, East Maitland

Bring along a hat, drink bottle and glove and wear long sleeves, pants and enclosed footwear.

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

Reserves

  • 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
Wildlife
Weeds and pesticides