By Althea Livingston, Calgary Parks
With the 25 NeighbourWoods communities for 2015 now selected we are looking for your help! If you live in one of the communities listed below, now is the time to register online or call 311 to volunteer to plant a City-tree in your community.
“Because of the September snow storm, we’re tackling planting trees in a big way for 2015,” says Erin Brown, Neighbourwoods program advisor. “We typically work with ten communities to plant trees – this year it’s 25.”
To help support volunteers we provide the trees, help prepare the planting site, share tree care information and much more. Volunteers pay $30 for each tree and then choose which tree is planted and help plant and care for the tree.
If you do not live in one of the 25 communities, you can still apply to have a City-tree planted in a public area in your community with the Planting Incentive Program. If approved, we will match 50 per cent of the cost of a new City-tree, do all the planning and planting, and the community will get to choose the type of tree and where it can be planted.
Communities were selected based on factors like the health and condition of the existing neighbourhood trees, community interest and tree planting opportunities.
For more information on planting trees in your community, visit calgary.ca/trees.
The 2015 communities are:
- Banff Trail
- Capitol Hill
- Elbow Park
- Mount Pleasant
- Lower Mount Royal
- North Haven
- Scenic Acres
- Spruce Cliff
- Upper Mount Royal
- Windsor Park
- Willow Park
(City of Calgary Parks)