Tree removal is expensive! The larger the tree, the more it will cost to remove. But will tree services remove trees for free in exchange for firewood? Or if I’m a senior?

In short, no. Tree services will not remove trees for free in exchange for firewood. It would like getting free plumbing in exchange for scrap copper.

BUT, there could be hope. States have local programs to assist struggling seniors with all manner of work around the home.

This is a national program put in place by the federal government to help seniors with all types of tasks from meal prep and cleaning, transport assistance and even tree and lawn maintenance.

For assistance, please follow the below link to see if you are eligible:


Senior programs by state


Home Assist Secure is a Queensland government program set up to help seniors who are disabled or unable to get work done around the home. 

To be eligible you must be over 60 years old, have a concession card and be incapable of conpleting the work yourself.

Go to Home Care Secure for more information.

Cash for desirable palm trees

Landscaping companies and nurseries will pay good money for mature, sort-after palm trees that they can sell for a profit. These include:

  • Canary Island date palms
  • Phoenix palms
  • Cabbage palms

These are NOT tree removal services, but landscapers and nurseries. You will need to ring around to get a company willing to do it. The tree will need to be in a position that is easily accessible with a truck.

See our guide on free palm tree removal in Melbourne

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Can I Get My Tree Removed in Exchange for Firewood?

As explained above, it’s nearly impossible to get a tree removed for free in exchange for firewood. You can however negotiate with a tree removal service to leave the trunk and large branches of a tree on site, which you can then sell on eBay or Maketplace as firewood. 

This will save you money on the tree removal and recoupe some money on top of that savings when you sell the wood. For green/ unsplit timber, you will get $60 – $70 per cubic meter.

Back in 2021, a shortage of firewood across the country due to the wildfires in NSW meant there was a big demand for wood. There were companies doing deals at the time for firewood, but that has long past.

In normal market conditions, though, most tree removal companies wouldn’t want to cut trees for free in exchange for firewood because it does not make economic sense to them.

Can I Get A Lumber Company to Remove My Trees for Free?

Lumber companies involved in commercial tree cutting and timber processing could cut your tree for free in exchange for the timber. However, it is rare to find commercial lumber companies in the urban parts of Australia. Most of them operate from the rural areas or forests where there are large-scale tree plantations or native forests.

In most cases, you will have to contract a lumber business to come and cut the trees on your property, process the wood into timber, and sell it on your behalf if necessary. However, it’s possible to work out a deal with a local lumber business to buy your tree and cut it at their cost.

Only trees such as blue gum, pine, sugar gum (Eucalyptus cladocalyx) and spotted gum (corymbia maculata) are desirable when it comes to timber production in Australia. You will have a hard time convincing lumber companies to remove other trees for free.

Can I Sell Mature Trees to Landscapers in Australia?

Do you have a beautiful ornamental tree you would like removed from your yard? Some landscaping companies in Australia do pay property owners to remove or transplant trees from their yards. This is one option you might want to explore if you are looking for free tree removal services.

Some of the most desirable ornamental trees you can sell to landscapers in Australia include palm trees, Crab Apples, Elm Trees, Crepe Myrtle trees and some Birches. Presently, there is an active demand for ornamental palm trees in the urban areas of Australia.

Search for local landscaping companies in your location and inquire if they could be interested in your ornamental tree(s). Sometimes you might be in luck and fetch a good price for your ornamental trees even when you only wanted to get rid of them.

Can I Sell Mature Trees to Landscapers

Can I Get the Council to Remove A Tree for Free?

In some Australian cities and towns, local councils have year-round vegetation management programs that may include clearing trees or other plants on boundaries and private property. You can request your local council to remove a tree in the following circumstances:

  1. If the tree is on the boundary line- You can ask the council to remove a tree on the boundary of your property and council land or have them pay half of the expenses. However, such requests are only accepted if there is a compelling reason to remove the tree.
  2. If the tree is on council land- All councils in Australia have a telephone number or online form you can use to report dangerous trees on their land. If there is a tree sitting on council land but overhanging over your house, posing danger to you, or is a nuisance, you can request the council to remove it for free.
  3. If there is a tree removal grant- In some rural towns or farming areas, local councils have vegetation management grants that you can claim to pay for tree removal services. Inquire from your local council if such a program exists and how you can benefit from it as a private landowner.
  4. If the tree belongs to the council – Some councils also plant trees on private property or boundary lines as part of revegetation programs or urban planning. If this is the case in your location, then you could probably request the council to pay for the removal of such a tree if there is a compelling reason to do so.

Finding A Local Tree Removal Service

In truth, getting someone to remove a tree for free is quite slim, especially if you live in an urban area. However, you can find reliable and affordable tree removal services in your location that will remove your tree and eliminate debris.

Here is what you need to do to find a top-rated tree removal service near you today:

Click on here to go to the home page, then enter your postcode in the search box at the center.

and click the button that reads “Get My 3 Quotes”. Answer some quick questions about your tree removal job. We will link you to at least three top-rated tree removal services. The tool is free to use, and there is no obligation to hire any recommended companies.

As with other home services, finding the right tree removal service can be the difference between spending thousands of dollars on a simple job or getting a discount and having peace of mind. In most cases, you won’t even have to spend time trying to find someone to buy your tree or remove it for free.

Finding A Local Tree Removal Service
Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years of industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate them about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.