Free trees event heads to Laverton


Following the successful tree giveaway event in Brooklyn last month, Council is heading to Laverton to spread the tree love with a morning of fun, food and education.

Coinciding with World Environment Day on Saturday 5 June, Council Rangers, Conservation team and Arborists will be on hand to talk about the importance of trees in private and public areas and raise awareness of Council’s target of reaching a city-wide tree canopy of 30 per cent by 2040. This year, Council will plant 8,500 semi-advanced trees, which is 6,000 more trees than our typical annual planting quota.

Come along to McCormack Park in Jennings Street, Laverton from 10am to 12pm and pick up a free tree to plant in your own yard. Council will have a variety of small, medium and large tree species to select from that will suit your needs.

While there, enjoy a sausage sizzle provided by the Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed, as well as roving entertainment and a visit from the ever popular Connies.

Come along and chat to our tree teams about the best trees for your property, learn about the local flora and fauna in the area and meet your neighbours.

The event is on Saturday 5 June from 10am to 12pm at McCormack Park, Jennings Street, Laverton. Register at

Council’s website also has a range of videos on how to plant trees and advice on the best native and exotic tree species for front and backyards in Hobsons Bay, as well as information on the Urban Forest Strategy, visit

Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Jonathon Marsden

“It’s hard to beat playing at the park or sitting in the backyard surrounded by trees and all of the birds and health benefits it brings – from shade and privacy to clean air and reduced temperatures.

“During Council’s Better Places Laverton and Love Laverton Parks consultations, we know our community not only values trees and green space but wants to see more of it.

“Council’s ambitious tree target is one that is resonating with our community and we hope that people feel inspired to help by planting more trees in their own properties too. We’ll help get them started with free trees on World Environment Day. Council experts will be on hand to help everyone with their great knowledge and passion. Hope to see you there!”

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