Celebrate Arbor Day

Brisbane City Council offers free native plants.

Brisbane City schools will celebrate the 133rd Arbor Day on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, and Brisbane City Council offers free native plants to all primary, secondary and special schools in Brisbane City for planting on their grounds to celebrate Arbor Day.

Celebrated throughout the world, Arbor Day is traditionally a day for planting trees for shade and educating students about the importance of trees. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. Instead of working or going to school, Nebraskans spent the day planting more than a million trees in celebration of the first Arbor Day.

The first Australian Arbor Day was held in Adelaide, in 1889, and Queensland’s first Arbor Day was held on August 1, 1890. It was organised by the then Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Phillip McMahon, who distributed 2496 trees from the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Nursery to Queensland schools.

Arbor Day in some form is celebrated in more than 50 countries around the world.

Find out more about the free plants for schools offer at brisbane.qld.gov.au.

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