Our Backyard Habitat program is focused on helping you create a native habitat garden that attracts birds, bees, butterflies and other native species.

Growing native plants in your backyard helps to create wildlife corridors for our native animals to move safely between our bushland reserves, whilst maybe grabbing a bite to eat along the way!

Background to the program

As part of the program we are giving away plants that are caringly propagated by our Bushcare volunteers from locally sourced seeds at our community nurseries at Manly Dam and Curl Curl.

During COVID-19 lockdown, our volunteers are at home and not able to use these plants as intended – new plantings to help regenerate public bushland and as gifts for new Australian citizens – so we want them to go to happy homes.

We were delighted by the community’s response to Round 1 of the program, with 2,200 plants delivered to 750 homes in 2020.

New round exhausted!

We are delivering free plants during August and September to the first 1,000 households that registered.

Priority has been given to those that didn’t apply for the first round last year. 

Our team are matching three native plants that are just right for each backyard/garden - delivered contact-free to homes.

Due to fantastic demand for this second round our allocation of plants has now been exhausted.

Please send photos and videos of your native habitat gardens and tree plantings to We may place the best ones on this webpage to inspire other garden enthusiast residents.

Backyard Habitat species guide

View the soil types, best location, expected growth height and other information on the native plant species in our Backyard Habitat program.