Due to the unprecedented conditions we currently working through and the effect it has had on productivity, we will not be carrying over the allocation of plants from this financial year to the next.

To ensure the safety of our community, we have decided to take a number of measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience. Council has cancelled all mobile nursery events until 30 June. Queens Park Nursery (closed from 19 March until further notice). Goodna Nursery (closed permanently as of 18 March).

The nursery will no longer be accepting free plant application forms for the remainder of this Financial Year. This includes Free Plant Application forms that have already been received where the plants have not yet been picked up.

Ipswich City Council provides a Free Plant Program each financial year to assist residents in developing a greener and more beautiful Ipswich. As an Ipswich resident you are entitled to free plants every financial year under the program and council endeavors to give away 120,000 plants per annum. Plants species are chosen to suit local climate and soil conditions and are proudly propagated and grown in Ipswich City Council's production nursery.

General Free Plant Entitlements

Type of resident/property/partnerMaximum number
of plants
Residential/renters (including duplex/dual occupancy)  6 plants
Riparian allotments (on a river)  15 plants
Acreage (0.4ha - 4ha, 1 acre - 10 acres or 4000m² - 40,000m²)  15 plants
Homeowner (ratepayer) of newly built homes (under 12 months old) 25 plants
Peri-urban (4ha - 20ha, 10 acres - 50 acres or 40,000m² - 200,000m²)  30 plants
Habitat Gardens Partner 20 native plants

Note:

  • Please do not complete the application form as this is not required
  • The above plant entitlements are available upon presentation of proof of residency in Ipswich
  • Please see the Required Documents section below for the documents that must be provided
  • Owner occupiers of newly built homes (under 12 months old) are entitled to a one-off allocation of 25 plants in addition to their annual allocation
  • Habitat Gardens Partners are entitled to 20 native plants in addition to their original 6 eligible plants
  • Further allocations are available for selected customer types upon submission of an application form where eligible.
  • Applications will only be accepted from eligible customers.

Please complete the form below and submit via email to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au or post to the address shown at the top of the form:

Free Plant Program Application Form (PDF, 59.7 KB)

Required Documents

The following documents must be presented to receive the above plant entitlements:

Type of residentDocuments to be presented
Homeowner (ratepayer) Current rates notice
Homeowners (ratepayer) of newly build homes
(under 12 months old)
Current rates notice and certificate of occupancy or Form 21
(obtained through your builder)
Private renter Your landlords current rates notice
Defence housing home occupant Defence housing rental book or letter from Defence Housing Australia authority
(giving authorisation for resident to collect plants)
Department of Housing and Public Works home occupant Rental statement from the Department of Housing and Public Works
Habitat Gardens Partner Current rates notice and your Habitat Gardens welcome letter

Note:

  • A copy of a current rates notice is acceptable
  • If a current rates notice is unable to be presented, a driver licence or senior card showing current residential address will be accepted

Council Nurseries

To ensure the safety of our community, we have decided to take a number of measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience. Council has cancelled all mobile nursery events until 30 June. Queens Park Nursery (closed from 19 March until further notice). Goodna Nursery (closed permanently as of 18 March).

Queens Park Nursery Opening Hours
Address Goleby Avenue, Ipswich
Wednesday and Thursday 7.30 am to 12.00 pm and 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm
Saturday 8.00 am to 12.00 pm
Public holiday closures

Anzac Day 25 April 2020
Christmas Day 25 December 2020
Boxing Day 26 December 2020
New Year's Day 1 January 2021

Note: other Christmas holiday closure days will be listed closer to the time. 

Goodna Nursery Opening Hours
Address Cnr Church Street and Queen Street, Goodna
Wednesday 8.00 am to 12.00 pm
Public holiday closures Christmas Day 25 December 2020
New Year's Day 1 January 2021

Note:

  • Due to the limited number of plants that can be stored onsite at Goodna Nursery, residents will only by supplied with a maximum six plants unless previous arrangements have been made with nursery staff.

Purchasing Nursery Plants

Ipswich residents are also able to purchase plants from the Queens Park Nursery provided proof of current residential location is confirmed at the time of purchase (e.g. driver licence). Customers not resident in the City of Ipswich cannot purchase plants from council nurseries. Please note that EFTPOS is the only method of payment accepted at council nurseries.

Mobile Nursery

To ensure the safety of our community, we have decided to take a number of measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience. Council has cancelled all mobile nursery events until 30 June. Queens Park Nursery (closed from 19 March until further notice). Goodna Nursery (closed permanently as of 18 March).

If you haven’t collected your plants from Queens Park or Goodna Nurseries, come along to the next mobile nursery to collect your six free plants. Please bring appropriate documentation as listed above.

Schedule January - June 2020

LocationDateTime
Redbank Plains Recreational Reserve, Cedar Road, Redbank Plains Saturday 8 February 8.00 am - 11.00 am
Evan Marginson Park (near playground/picnic area), Woogaroo Street, Goodna Saturday 15 February 8.00 am - 11.00 am
Brassall Shopping Centre (carpark), 68 Hunter Street, Brassall Saturday 29 February 8.00 am - 11.00 am
Camira Community Centre, 389 Old Logan Road, Camira Saturday 14 March 8.00 am - 11.00 am
Johnstone Park, 61 John Street, Rosewood CANCELLED -
Grande Park, 40 Grande Avenue, Springfield Lakes CANCELLED -
Raceview Shopping Centre, 64 Raceview Street, Raceview CANCELLED -
George Palmer Park, Sealy Street, Silkstone CANCELLED -
Karalee Shopping Centre (car park), 39/52 Junction Road, Chuwar CANCELLED -

Note:

  • Due to the limited number of plants able to be transported, residents will only be supplied with a maximum six plants unless previous arrangements have been made with nursery staff.