Request native plants: Ribbons of Green program

We offer free native plants for private properties (over 1 hectare), schools and community groups through the Ribbons of Green program. This program aims to encourage the use of indigenous plants to restore habitats across the Yarra Ranges.

We aim to plant 60,000 native plants each year to provide habitat for native birds and animals.

To be successful for the Ribbons of Green program, you must have:

  • Space to plant and grow at least 300 plants
  • Defendable space around your home and neighbouring properties as per CFA guidelines
  • Time to spend planting and preparing the site
  • The desire to establish a bush style habitat
  • Permanent fence protection from live stock


Applications are taken before the end of September each year. Plants are distributed the following May to July.

All site preparation and planting is done by the landholder. We provide advice on how to prepare the site, weeds control and plant species selection.

To apply for free native plants or to receive advice on how to prepare your site, register online.

Register for Ribbons of Green

Want to know more about the Ribbons of Green program? Check out our video below!