Celebrate Arbor Day

Brisbane City schools will celebrate the 131st Arbor Day on Tuesday 12 October 2021. 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 for each Year 1 student (excluding Prep).

There are 37 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 30 July 2021.

To ensure your school received plants in time for Arbor Day, Council encourages schools to apply for their plant allocation no later than Friday 17 September 2021.

Apply online for your free Arbor Day native plants.

The Arbor Day online application form will only be available until Friday 29 October 2021 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, filtering pollution, and cleaning the 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

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: 3 August 2021