For residents living in a newer subdivision, up to two free trees may be available.
“It’s so we can get trees into these new neighbourhoods,” said Daily Lennox, parks gardener for the city’s parks and recreation department. “If you look in (parts of) Sunningdale, it’s a very new neighbourhood, especially the new parts of it and it’s just in order to build our urban forest there.”
She said the program, Trees for Our New Communities, has been ongoing for the past three or four years. Each eligible household can receive up to two free trees. Tree orders must be submitted by March 31. She added there is a “nice variety of trees” available for people to choose from.
“There are some large trees to small trees to flowery trees to trees with different coloured leaves,” said Lennox. “They’re not little trees. They’re not bare root tiny little twigs. They are nice size trees. They come in pots. They’re usually a 10-gallon to 15-gallon pot.”
She said the trees have between a one-and two-inch diameter and some of them are eight feet tall. Once the tree arrives in May, the resident will be contacted by phone and a pickup date will be arranged. Lennox said the resident is responsible for planting and watering the tree for the following three years, but instructions will be provided.
For more information, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Herald.