The 90 year old scheme is designed to ‘greenify’ new Canberran blocks. Image – Canva
  • Was on hold for five months due to the pandemic
  • Scheme is based at the Yarralumla Nursery
  • Was founded in 1930

After being placed on hold for five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the free Plant Issue Scheme has resumed.

The scheme, established in 1930 and based out of Yarralumla Nursery, is an important contribution to the greening of new suburbs within the Australian Capital Territory.

For 90 years it has been available to residents who have purchased new blocks to ‘greenify’ their gardens.

Shrubs, screening plants and ground covers that are suitable to the local Canberran climate and soil conditions are part of the program – saving new homeowners from discouragement if imported plants fail to grow.

As long as Canberrans claim within two years of the settlement date on their new block of land, they are eligible for the free greenery.

When collecting plants, homeowners have a choice of three locally grown plant packages:

Package A: 20 x 140mm pots

Package B: 10 x 200mm pots

Package c: 10 x 140mm and 5 x 200mm pots

The value of each package about $220.

Chris Steel, the Minister for Transport and City services, is glad the scheme is back.

“While it was disappointing that the scheme was put on temporary hold last year, it was important that we keep the community and our Nursery staff members safe from the risks of COVID‑19,” Minister Steel said.

“People who bought new land and were waiting for the scheme to return can now claim their allocation of plants and help to contribute to Canberra’s reputation as a garden city.”

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