Native Plant Giveaways 2021
Plants on the Run
Using local native plants in your garden can attract native wildlife. These plants are better suited to local soil types and once established, require less water than introduced plants.
In 2021, we are bringing native plants to a park near you, with Plants on the Run, our new look native plant giveaways.
Come and pick up your free plants off the back of the ute. You can choose between trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Our friendly nursery staff will be on hand to help you select your three (3) free plants.
Plants on the Run sessions are open for 1.5 hours or until stock runs out, so first in best dressed! Please bring your current Hornsby Shire rates notice or other proof of residence. There will be 12 giveaways on selected Saturdays from April to August, at various locations across the Shire.
Our next giveaways will be announced from Friday 21 May.
Note: Plants provided in the giveaways are locally sourced and grown at Council's Community Nursery by volunteers and staff. Stock limits apply. Recipients must be resident within the Shire. Limit of 3 plants per property.
Frequently Asked Questions
The brief appearance (‘pop-up’) in the community of a Hornsby Shire Council ute and friendly staff offering free native plants and expert advice to residents.
Twelve (12) Plants on the Run pop-ups will be held on a Saturday morning or afternoon between April and August 2021. They will be located at shopping areas or parks in a range of suburbs.
The times and locations will be advised on Council’s website around 9 days before each pop-up. Council will also post details of the pop-up on its Facebook and Instagram accounts in the days leading up to each pop-up. Signs will be placed at each pop-up location and posters will be placed in local shops and community noticeboards. The best way to stay informed is to keep an eye on Council’s webpage www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/plants
Each property in the Shire is eligible to receive up to 3 free native plants in total across the Plants on the Run program. There will be around 10 plant species to choose from at each pop-up including native grasses, groundcovers, shrubs, climbers and various-sized trees. Information and advice will be provided so that residents can choose the plants that best-suit their property. The plants will be in small pots (‘tubes’) so are easy to carry ‘as is’ or in reusable shopping bags (BYO).
If a pop-up session is so popular that plant stock runs out within the 1.5-hour period, staff will have vouchers on hand. A resident can take and use the voucher to book an appointment at Hornsby Community Nursery to collect their free plants. If vouchers also run out, residents have the option of attending a subsequent Plants on the Run pop-up.
The plants available at each Plants on the Run pop-up have been selected to suit growing conditions in that particular locality and its surrounding suburbs. So if you attend the pop-up nearest to where you live, you are more likely to receive plants that will thrive at their new home. If you can’t make a pop-up near your home then you are most welcome to attend an alternate pop-up, but your choice of suitable plants for your garden may be limited.
Yes. To receive free plants at Plants on the Run you need to provide evidence at the pop-up that you live within Hornsby Shire, for example a drivers’ licence, rates notice or utility bill (digital or hard copy). Property addresses (but not names) of free plant recipients will be recorded by Council to monitor distribution and ensure the maximum number of plants per property is not exceeded.
Yes you can, even if you have collected 3 free native plants at a Plants on the Run pop-up. Our Nursery is open twice a month for residents to collect up to 5 trees for their property. For dates please follow the link http://trees.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/events/
Still need more plants? Check out the NSW Government webpage for more free plants.
Check out the video below to see what could be achieved in your garden by using local native plants.
Native gardening booklets
Northern Suburbs Guide - 1.1MB includes Asquith, Berowra, Berowra Heights, Brooklyn, Cowan, Dangar Island, Hornsby Heights, Mt Colah, Mt Kuring-Gai.
Southern Suburbs Guide - 1.1MB includes Beecroft, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Epping, Eastwood, Glenhaven, Hornsby, Cheltenham, Cherrybrook, Normanhurst, North Epping, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh, West Pennant Hills, Waitara, Wahroonga, Westleigh.
Rural Suburbs Guide - 1.1MB includes Arcadia, Berrilee, Canoelands, Fiddletown, Forest Glen, Galston, Dural, Glenorie, Laughtondale, Hawkesbury, Maroota, Middle Dural, Singletons Mill, Wisemans Ferry.