More than 3000 free native plants will be provided to Lake Macquarie residents next month as part of the council’s annual Native Plant Giveaway.
The event is usually held in conjunction with the Living Smart Festival in September, but the festival’s cancellation due to COVID-19 has prompted a series of smaller pop-up events held throughout the city from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 24 October.
The events – open only to people who register online beforehand – will be held at Lake Mac Libraries branches, Lake Mac Landcare’s headquarters at Teralba, and from the Rover mobile library van at multiple locations.
Landcare coordinator Jason Harvey said a range of native plant species would be available, including banksia, westringia and callistemon.
“Residents who register online are eligible for two free native plants per household,” he said.
“We’ll have a selection of eight species at each event, with a mix of trees, shrubs, ground cover, grasses, and other seedlings to choose from.
“This is a fantastic way to add colour and life to your garden, as well as create habitat and food sources for native wildlife.”
Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, residents must register for a specific giveaway session time.
“These specific session times are in place to ensure this is a COVID-safe giveaway,” Mr Harvey said.
“That means you unfortunately won’t be able to collect your plants if you arrive earlier or later than your allocated time.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to offer the community this giveaway despite COVID-19 and are confident residents will understand and appreciate the measures we’ve had to take as a precaution.”
To register for one of the Native Plant Giveaway sessions, go to livingsmartfestival.com or contact the council’s Customer Service Team on 4921 0333.