Monday, April 04, 2016 - 9:45 AM

City Receives $25,000 Grant for Community Tree Planting Program

logo for the St. John's Community Roots Tree Planting Program and logo for TD Green Streets

The City of St. John's has received a grant of $25,000 under TD Green Streets Program for the Community Roots Tree Planting Program, awarded in partnership with Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. The City is one of 13 communities to receive funding out of over 140 applications this year.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our City as the grant provides additional trees to enhance the tree canopy within our neighbourhoods,” said Councillor Danny Breen, Chair of the Public Works Standing Committee.

There are many residential areas within the city where the street tree planting is inadequate.  This initiative will strive to fill these gaps in the urban forest by having homeowners plant street trees on their own properties in areas where there is no City owned land available to fill the gaps.

Residents wishing to participate in the program can apply by mail or email before May 15, the application form and general information is available online.

Applicants will be responsible for attending a tree planting education session with the City’s Municipal Arborist to learn about planting and maintaining the tree on their property.

The tree planting initiative serves to enhance and preserve the residential street and sidewalk canopy within the City of St. John’s while empowering and engaging residents to participate by caring for individual trees.

Media Contact:
Kelly Maguire
Media Relations
City of St. John's
709-576-8491
kmaguire@stjohns.ca