Green Schools Program

Trees for Schools Program 2024

Receive up to 50 trees to plant in your school! Let’s make our city and your school a cooler and greener place to be.  

This program is being delivered as a partnership between Greater Western Water (GWW), the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) and local councils through the More Trees for a Cooler Greener West program and Greening the West (GTW).

About the program

All primary and secondary schools within Hobsons Bay are eligible to express their interest to receive up to 50 native tube stock (seedlings) to plant within their school grounds. Trees will be available to plant during the cooler months of the year which is the best time of year for new plants to establish. It is highly desirable to get students involved, and National Tree Day in July is a great event to be involved in. Educational materials, developed in collaboration with Environment Education Victoria (EEV), will be available on GWW’s website to incorporate education into student planting activities.

ecoDynamics will be offering larger projects, trees, mulch, and planting works for up to three school sites in the west. Schools with areas greater than 200sqm that are interested in tree planting will be able to submit expressions of interest via Smarty Grants application process. 

How to apply

Expressions of interest registration is now open via Smarty Grants.

Applications will be assessed by the Community Partnerships team, DEECA, and participating councils. The number of trees offered to schools will depend on the total number of applications received and successful schools will be determined by a selection process.

Key dates

  • March 2024 – program launch, EOI open.
  • World Environment Day – 5 June 2024 – successful applicants notified.
  • Trees for Schools Day – 26 July 2024 – recommended day for trees to be planted.
  • Trees and planting materials will be available for schools to pick up in Term 2 or 3.