TreeKeepers is making it easy for Vancouverites to grow the urban forest and help meet one of the targets in the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. The non-profit is working with the City’s Park Board and offering 16 different species of trees for just $10 to $15 through their annual Spring tree sale.
You don’t have to be a home owner to plant a tree in your yard. Those who rent or live in condos can also own a tree and plant it in a balcony or patio container.
This year TreeKeepers has a variety of apple, plum and fig fruit trees, a flowering magnolia and other ornamentals such as the rare Smiling Forest Lily tree. Need help picking the right tree for you? They can help!
All trees must be pre-ordered on the TreeKeepers website and picked up at one of eight community centres listed below between April 11 to 22. When ordering, indicate your preferred pick up site.
- Trout Lake Community Centre – Saturday, April 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
- Kitsilano Community Centre – Sunday, April 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Killarney Community Centre – Sunday, April 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Slocan Park Community Centre – Saturday, April 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Sunset Community Centre – Saturday, April 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Strathcona Community Centre – Sunday, April 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Dunbar Community Centre – Sunday, April 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Mt. Pleasant Community Centre – Wednesday, April 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“Trees play a vital role in cleaning the air, reducing storm water runoff, cooling cities, and increasing biodiversity,” says David Tracey, manager of TreeKeepers, a non-profit partnership between Tree City and the Environmental Youth Alliance. “They also help improve our minds and spirits so efforts need to be made to protect and grow our tree canopy.”
Vancouver’s urban forest has seen 23,400 additional trees planted since 2010, towards the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan target of 150,000 trees. TreeKeepers is one of the groups that is helping to reach that number by providing a fun opportunity for regular citizens to contribute to Vancouver’s urban forest.