Help us ‘green’ Cardinia Shire with free plants for residents

Published: 3 May 2021

Help us create a greener Cardinia Shire by participating in Cardinia Shire Council’s free native plant giveaway.

To celebrate the opening of the Cardinia Environment Coalition's (CEC) nursery at Deep Creek Reserve, Council is giving away two free indigenous plants to the first 2,000 Cardinia Shire residents who take up the offer. 

The plants will be available at CEC's nursery at Deep Creek Reserve following the opening of their new facility from 7 May 2021.

The nursery is a project that has been nine years in the making with Cardinia Shire Council, Cardinia Environment Coalition, and Pakenham and District Golf Club working together on the initiative. 

Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said the free plant giveaway would encourage residents to plant native species in their gardens. 

“Native plants are so important for our biodiversity. They provide nectar, pollen and seeds that serve as a food source for insects, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Once established, they can survive on rainfall alone and do not require fertiliser. 

“Council is proud to support our community to create a greener, cleaner Cardinia Shire through the investment of 4,000 native plants for residents to plant in their gardens,” Cr Owen said. 

The plant giveaway opens at 9am on Friday 7 May 2021 and will run until 18 June 2021 or while stock lasts. 

Cardinia Shire residents must bring proof of address to CEC Nursery at Deep Creek Reserve to receive two free indigenous tube stock plants. The types of plants residents can choose from are small to large woody stem trees but please note you will receive the plant as tube stock. 

The plant giveaway is limited to the first 2,000 residents to take up the offer. Two plants per household.

CEC Nursery at Deep Creek Reserve is located at 62 Cameron Way, Pakenham. It opens to the public on 7 May and from then it will be open from 9am-12pm on Fridays. For more information about the nursery, visit, email or phone 0417 373 690. 

For more information about the free plant giveaway, please contact Council on 1300 787 624. 

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