Celebrate Arbor Day

Brisbane City schools will celebrate the 132nd Arbor Day on Tuesday 11 October 2022. Brisbane City Council offers free native plants to all primary and secondary schools in Brisbane City for planting on their grounds to celebrate Arbor Day.

Arbor Day is traditionally a day for planting trees for shade and educating students about the importance of trees and is celebrated throughout the world.

Arbor Day plants

Schools are eligible to claim up to 50 free native plants from Council for Arbor Day, plus one extra plant (maximum 150 plants) for each Year 1 student (excluding Prep).

There are 27 different species on offer, including trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and tufting plants, so schools will be able choose plants suitable for greening their school grounds.

See what plants are on offer this Arbor Day

Apply for plants

Schools can apply for native plants through the online form from Friday 29 July 2022.

To ensure your school receives plants in time for Arbor Day, Council encourages schools to apply for their plant allocation no later than Friday 16 September 2022.

Apply online for your free Arbor Day native plants.

The Arbor Day online application form will only be available until Friday 28 October 2022 and Council is unable to hold over plant orders past this date.

Planting your Arbor Day plants

The value of Brisbane’s urban trees

Urban trees contribute to the health of our environment and our communities in a variety of ways, by:

  • cooling our city by shading our homes, school buildings and playgrounds and local streets
  • producing oxygen and storing carbon,
  • filtering pollution and cleaning our air
  • providing a food source and homes for native wildlife
  • saving water by providing shade and slowing water evaporation
  • helping prevent soil erosion on hillsides and creek banks by slowing run-off and holding soil in place
  • preserving Brisbane’s subtropical feel and increasing the aesthetic beauty of local neighbourhoods
  • improving human health by promoting both active and passive recreation.

Email Green Heart Schools for more information on the value of urban trees.

Fun reading for Arbor Day

Find books suitable for student reading for Arbor Day.

Primary school readers

  • The Tiny Seed  by Eric Cale
  • Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeanie Baker
  • The Last Tree by Mark Wilson
  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss
  • The World That We Want by Kim Toft
  • Uno's Garden by Graeme Base
  • I can name 50 trees today by Bonnie Worth
  • Plantastic! A to Z of Australian Plants by Catherine Clowes

Secondary school readers

  • The Rabbits by John Marsden

General reading

  • In Their Branches: Stories from ABC RN’s Trees Project by Gretchen Miller
  • If Trees Could Speak by Bob Beale
  • Trees That Call Australia Home by John Halkett
  • Monarchs of the Woods by Peter Holzworth
Last updated: 1 August 2022

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