Score free trees from your local Bunnings

On the house: Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves and NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes at Narellan Bunnings last week.

On the house: Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves and NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes at Narellan Bunnings last week.

Been thinking about adding a little more greenery to your yard?

You're in luck - the state government has announced more than 25,000 free trees will be given to households across Greater Sydney, including right here in south-west Sydney.

A further 20,000 trees will be planted by councils as part of the program to make cities, towns and suburbs greener and more beautiful places to live.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes visited Narellan last week to launch the partnership with Bunnings.

"Our Free Tree Giveaway with Bunnings is open to all 33 local government areas across Greater Sydney, giving 10,500 eligible households a tree to plant in their yard," he said.

"Trees make a huge difference to our lives - they improve air quality, create habitats for our beautiful wildlife and are the best way to manage the urban heat island effect which we know is a particular problem in western Sydney."

The free trees are open to anyone living in the 33 specified council areas (which include Campbelltown, Camden, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wollondilly, Bayside and Georges River) who hasn't previously applied for a free tree this year.

Different trees are on offer each month, and June's trees are bottlebrush (Callistemon Endeavour and Callistemon Hanna Ray), Lilly Pilly and Lilly Pilly Winter Lights.

Trees can be collected from Bunnings once your application is submitted and you receive a notification of collection.

There are more than 40 participating stores, including at Bonnyrigg, Campbelltown, Caringbah, Crossroads, Gregory Hills, Hoxton Park, Kingsgrove, Kirrawee, Narellan, Rockdale, Smithfield and Villawood.

The June allocation has already been exhausted, so those interested in securing their free tree must register their interest for the next release (July).

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, who joined Mr Stokes for the launch, said the giveaway was a great opportunity to get planting.

"This is a great partnership where people can simply order a new tree online and go and pick it up at their local Bunnings," he said.

"The varieties available will change every month, so keep an eye out for native trees, flowering trees and even some fruit trees."

Mr Stokes also announced $9.9 million in grants as part of the Greening Our City program, which will see 20,000 trees planted in 23 council areas.

"Greening Our City is a wonderful program to increase our tree canopy," he said.

"It was first launched in 2018 and has since delivered more than $15 million to local councils for planting 66,000 trees.

"We're already more than halfway to meeting the Premier's Priority to plant one million trees by 2022 and ever tree planted from each of these programs gets us one step closer."

Greening Our City will see at least 700 canopy trees planted across Camden LGA, in parks and reserves, on top of 150 trees set for Kirkham Park and the Camden Council Works Depot.

In Campbelltown, 1920 trees are due to be planted across six sporting precincts and one road verge, helping to reduce heat.

More than 6000 trees are expected to be planted in two locations along Orphan School Creek in Fairfield.

Wollondilly will welcome more than 200 new trees to sites including Picton Botanical Gardens, Fairleys Sports Ground, Bargo Sports Field and Wild Street Reserve, Picton.

For a list of eligible suburbs and participating Bunnings Warehouse stores for the Free Tree Giveaway visit: www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/free-tree