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Published on Monday, May 14, 2018

New trees planted in Oakville this year passes 10,000

48,000 trees will be planted this year

New trees planted in Oakville this year passes 10,000
Photo by Nikki Wesley/Metroland
Councillor Tom Adams, Residential Tree Planting and Stewardship Coordinator Mara McHaffie, Mayor Rob Burton and President Karen Brock planted three Sugar Maple trees at Town Hall in honour of Arbour Week and recorded them on the town's new PLANT web page. Most of the available space to plant trees is on private property
By Kevin Nagel, Oakville Beaver

The number of new trees planted in Oakville as part of its recent Arbour Week celebrations has surpassed 10,000 this year.

“Trees contribute significantly to our town’s livability,” said Mayor Rob 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 ("Please Let's Add New Trees") is a new initiative by the town that encourages residents and businesses to plant trees on their property to help the town improve its canopy coverage from the current 27.8 per cent to 40 per cent.

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 recently in honour of Arbour Week, an international holiday intended to encourage people to plant more trees.

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