In a joint effort to enhance Hamilton’s urban forest to improve community health, Green Venture and Trees for Hamilton are partnering to deliver Canopy for Community. This collaborative project will engage and educate youth and local residents in Wards 4 and 5 on the importance of urban forest and allow residents to gain hands-on knowledge of nature-based climate solutions.
As part of this project, 300 new native trees were planted in Ward 5 along King Street E. and Pottruff Rd. South in Hamilton last week! A mix of coniferous and deciduous trees native to our region were planted, including tamarack (Larix laricina), butternut (Juglans cinerea), shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), and even some paw paw (Asimina triloba). The location was selected strategically to help expand our urban forest adjacent to residential areas & urban roadways. Our hope is that this planting and more to come in the future, will help to improve local air quality, increase shade & noise buffering, and help to build climate change resiliency, where we need it most, for years to come!
Want to be a part of Canopy for Community? Become a Canopy for Community Tree Planting Event Sponsor, learn more about our youth urban forest volunteer opportunities, or sign up your grade 9 geography class to get involved. Learn more here.
In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, volunteers worked two different shifts, maintained social distance and wore masks. Many of our volunteers were newcomers and high school students, many of which planted their first tree at Friday’s event.
A special thanks to our project sponsors, the Canadian Tree Fund, and Hamilton Community Foundation, and project partners, Trees for Hamilton and the City of Hamilton Forestry Department staff.