Free Plant Program to resume from Queens Park Nursery

Ipswich City Council’s Free Plant Program will resume on Wednesday 1 July after it was paused amid COVID-19 restrictions.

To ensure the safety of the community and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 it was decided that the council’s Free Plant Program would be put on hold until restrictions were further eased to allow a limited number of people back into the nursery.

In compliance with COVID-19 Stage 2 restrictions, physical distancing will be observed and staff will provide additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.

General homeowners and renters are entitled to six free plants each financial year under council’s Free Plant Program.

Owner occupiers of newly built homes (under 12 months old) are entitled to a one-off allocation of 25 plants in addition to their six free plants a year when they bring in their Certificate of Occupancy (Form 21).

Issue of free plants will be for the 20/21 financial year.  No backdating will take place.

The Goodna Nursery was also closed permanently in March due to low customer numbers.

How to collect your free plants

  • Current Rates Notice
  • Copy of landlord’s rates notice (private renters)
  • Department of Public Works and Housing rental statement
  • Defence Housing authorised brochure
  • Driver’s Licence or Senior’s Card with current residential address

To ensure the safety of the community and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the mobile nurseries will not be operating at this stage and no reopening date has been set as yet.

Council gives away up to 120,000 plants each year, with plant species grown at council’s nursery to suit local climate and soil conditions.

For more information on how you can claim your free yearly allocation of plants, visit

From Wednesday, 1 July 2020, opening hours at Queens Park Nursery, Goleby Avenue, Ipswich:

  • Wednesday and Thursday 7.30am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Saturday 8am to 12pm

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