Did you know that Moreton Bay City Council offers free native plants to owners of residential properties in the region?
The initiative is easy to participate in and it only takes a few small steps to receive a native plant of your choice.
Redcliffe Floral and Art Festival Coordinator Liz Peters has been a recipient of the free plant voucher for years and says it’s always been an easy process.
“You can apply for a voucher on the council’s website and hand it into a community nursery on entry. You can also ring the council offices directly, where the staff are extremely helpful. (From there), your voucher will be forwarded either by email or post,” Liz says.
Moreton Bay residents have a variety of native plants to choose from, including banksias, grevilleas, local eucalyptus and myrtle.
“The plants I choose varies depending on my garden needs. I have had a few flowering grevilleas in the past, but this year I chose ground covers, including native violets. I don't ask for trees each year, just as the need arises.”
The initiative currently allows two plants per property, but if you choose a smaller variety, you will be allowed more.
“All plants must be potted on the property listed on the voucher and you can apply once a financial year,” Liz explains.
Fellow Moreton Bay resident Wendy Roberts says the initiative has helped her collect several native plants over the years.
“I redeem my free plant coupons once a year from the council by ringing up the number on their website and letting them know which property it is for, and I get my coupons in the same week," Wendy says.
"I’ve redeemed coupons for native guava, several grevilleas and a really cool double terminated buckinghamia.”
There are five council community plant nurseries in the City of Moreton Bay, including Redcliffe, Bribie Island, Caboolture, Burpengary and Pine Rivers.
Lodge a request and find your nearby nursery by visiting the website.
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