Native Christmas Tree Program
Many people are looking for ways to be more sustainable in their Christmas celebrations.
To help our residents achieve this, Woollahra Council supports a native Christmas Tree program whereby select native species can be purchased in pots to be used as a native Christmas tree, and then donated to Council in the following January for planting in one of our local parks.
To get involved in this program, follow the four steps below:
Step 1. Buy one of the below native plants from Randwick Community Nursery to use as your Christmas tree:
- Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry Ash)
- Acmena smithii (type of Lilly Pilly)
- Syzygium luehmannii (Small Leaved Lilly Pilly)
Each of these plants are local to our area, grown from local seed stock at the Randwick Nursery and will be a happy addition to our local parks in the new year. They should also make a pretty Christmas tree.
Plants range in cost from $13 up to about $37 for the largest size. Make sure you keep your receipt so you can bring it in with your tree in January to prove it was bought from Randwick Nursery (where local seed stock is used).
Step 2. Take your plant home and enjoy it as a sustainable and beautiful Christmas tree. Remember, these plants are not traditionally indoor plants so they will need time outside, sun and water.
Step 3. From the second week of January, contact the Woollahra Council Quarry Street Depot on 9391 7000 to arrange a time to drop in your healthy plant to the Council Nursery (end of Quarry Street, Woollahra). Remember to bring your proof of purchase from Randwick Community Nursery.
Step 4. If your plant is in good health, it will be planted in one of our parks for everyone to enjoy!
This is a great way to improve local biodiversity, make your Christmas more sustainable, and give the environment a Happy New Year.
For more information on this program, contact Council's Environmental Education Officer on 9391 7095.