Mayor celebrates Arbor Week and launches new PLANT program

Fri, 04 May 2018

PLANT (Please Let’s Add New Trees) aims to increase tree canopy

Mayor Rob Burton and Ward 6 Councillor, Tom Adams celebrated Arbor Week today with the planting of three Sugar Maple trees at Town Hall and recorded them on the town’s new PLANT web page which tracks the number of trees planted in Oakville.

“Trees contribute significantly to our town’s livability,” said Mayor Burton. “As a community, let’s work together to protect, preserve and grow our urban forest.”

The largest amount of available tree-planting space in Oakville is on private property. PLANT is a new initiative by the town that encourages residents and businesses to plant trees on their property to help the town reach its 40 per cent canopy coverage goal. Currently, the town has a 27.8 per cent canopy coverage.

Residents can add trees they’ve planted to the tree counter on the PLANT web page. The site also provides a list of native trees, tree planting and care tips, and information on Oakville’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting program.

The town will be planting 48,000 trees this year on town streets, parks and woodlands. The three maple trees at Town Hall were planted in honour of Arbor Week, an international holiday intended to encourage people to plant more trees. Ontario celebrates Arbor Week from the last Friday in April to the first Sunday in May.

Visit the PLANT page at oakville.ca to learn more.