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22 March 2023
WA Tree Festival in Freo

The WA Tree Festival is coming to Freo across four big weeks with a program designed to inspire, entertain, and drive action.

Held 10 April—10 May, the festival is a state-wide collaboration between local governments with the City of Fremantle joining for 2023. 

Check out what's happening across Fremantle for the festival below! 

Kids playing on the playground at Samson Park with trees behind

Samson Tree Festival 

1–5pm, Sat 29 April | Sir Frederick Samson Park, Samson 

As the weather cools and winds swing around to the southwest; this is Djeran, the season of flowering banksia.

Join us in celebrating our local trees at Samson Park, one of the Fremantle's only bush forever sites. 

Bring a picnic and enjoy some live music from Natasha Eldridge and friends, learn about Samson Park bushland and its habitats, join in on a cultural walk or hear all about nest box monitoring with Simon Cherriman.

There will be kids activities, info stalls and a scavenger hunt to top off a day of fun.

Jeremy Thomas standing in front of trees

Selecting, planting and caring for your trees 

9–10am, Sat 15 April | Griffiths Park, Hilton 

Join the City’s arborist Jeremy Thomas for a walk in the park to learn how to choose suitable trees for your specific situation and the basics of tree care.

Fremantle Environmental Collective will also be there to facilitate a last opportunity to request a street tree before the allocation ends for 2023. 

Free street trees can also be requested by submitting an online application here or calling us on 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736). Our team will then be in touch between April and May to talk to you about what is most suitable for your verge. Planting occurs between April and July each year to give your tree the best chance of survival.

Selecting, planting and caring for your trees is a free event, however RSVPs are essential. Book your spot here. 

Man in harness climbing tree

Tree climbing demonstration 

11am–12pm, Fri 21 April | Walyalup Koort, Fremantle

Did you know tree climbing is part of some people's jobs?

You’re invited to learn about modern tree care and watch a real live arborist and tree climbing champion in action right in the heart of Fremantle at Walyalup Koort. 

Tree climbing champion Luke Osborne will take audiences through a live demonstration while explaining all about tree care. 

This action-packed event is not to be missed! 

Buster play program under the trees at Fremantle Arts Centre

Buster under the trees with Nature Based Play Advocate

9.30–11.30am, Wed 26 April | Fremantle Arts Centre 

Join Nature Space Consultant and Advocate, Cath Fitzhardinge for this special session of Buster under the trees.

The session will be held in the beautiful front gardens of Fremantle Arts Centre with a range of free activities set up to encourage kids to reconnect with nature through play. 

The City of Fremantle's Buster play program has been running for almost 40 years and offers free, multi-sensory program for families to learn and play together.

Regular sessions take place across school terms at Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle PCYC and on special Saturday sessions at Walyalup Koort. 

Activities are suited to kids aged 0–8, but all ages are welcome. 

Check out other Buster sessions here.

Virtual treehouse in Minecraft computer game

Build the LC 64 Storey Treehouse in LibraryCraft


Collaborate with other players to build the biggest tree house ever in LibraryCraft based on the Tree House series books.

Each player will be given the opportunity to build their ideal room to create their tree house. 

LibraryCraft is an award-winning free Minecraft server with multiple worlds for WA players aged between 7–17 years old.

Find out more about the LC 64 Storey Treehouse challenge and LibraryCraft here. 

Plus more! 

Get beyond the bark at the WA Tree Festival! The state-wide festival is a community celebration of trees in our urban areas and beyond running from 10 April–10 May 2023. 

In 2022, the festival collectivity delivered more than 125 events, sharing the value of trees with more than 6,500 people across WA.

2023 is set to be even bigger and better!

Visit www.watreefestival.com.au to find out more.