The tree planting season is coming to an end, and we are thrilled to announce that we have grown Hamilton’s urban forest in partnership with CityHousing Hamilton with 8 new native trees planted!
Our first stop is at Sherwood Place, a unique and picturesque 30+ year-old senior housing located in Dundas. This property is home to many active tenants who help maintain the property by planting gardens around the property and having a community garden located on the property. Although it is home to a few large shade trees around the property, it is not enough to shield them from the harsh sun during the summer months or provide them with enough privacy with the Hamilton-Brantford trail located behind their property. This site gained 4 new native trees to help increase the species diversity and eventually provide shade for the tenants. These species include Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), and red maple (Acer rubrum)!
Our last stop of the season is at Strathcona Gardens, a 40+ year-old senior housing located just north of Victoria Park. This area was previously home to the Semmens, Wards, and Evel Casket Company (operated from 1868 – 1972) source. Since then, this 13-story housing property is home to many dedicated tenants that take pride in their various types of gardens such as their pollinator patch. Tenants joined us to plant 4 new native trees to replace several mature trees that were recently removed due to disease on the property. New species planted include red oak (Quercus rubra), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa), and American basswood (Tilia americana).
With the help of the Tree Care teams that will be run by tenant volunteers, we hope to ensure the survival of these trees through maintenance and care in the years to come. This project is made possible by Tree Canada and Clean & Green Neighbourhood grants to help build a healthy community.
City of Hamilton Draft Urban Forest Strategy Plan
Check out our Tree Equity Project Summary Report to have a glimpse of our findings and recommendations, or check out our full report if you want to read more about it!