St. Catharines Continues Efforts to Grow City’s Tree Canopy

Fall tree giveaway registration launches this Tuesday, October 11th for St. Catharines residents

News from the City of St.Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted October 11th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Trees ready to be planted. Photo courtesy of City of St. Cathairnes

The City of St. Catharines is continuing efforts to grow its tree canopy with the launch of its semi-annual tree giveaway.

This year’s giveaway will once again require residents to reserve their trees online in advance of the event. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m., residents can visit to request a tree. Available trees for the fall giveaway include Black Cherry, Sassafras, Balsam Fir, or Tulip.

“We set an ambitious goal of doubling our urban tree canopy to 30 per cent by the year 2030,” said Ilyse Norton, development horticultural technician. “The community’s interest in and enthusiasm for this event solidifies our path towards reaching this goal.”

Four hundred trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through online orders, with the trees to be picked up during designated pickup times on Oct. 22, at Seymour- Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre.

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Those successfully requesting a tree will receive a follow-up email with pickup instructions and a specific timeslot between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

New this year, successful registrants will also receive a QR code as part of their confirmation email. Registrants must display (print or digital) this code to City staff when picking up their tree. Those wishing to pick up trees on behalf of a fellow resident must also present their QR code at time of pickup.

To receive a free tree, residents must agree to plant and maintain the tree on private property in St. Catharines, ideally in their own yards. Trees cannot be planted on boulevards, along streets or in City parks.

Proof of St. Catharines residency is required, such as a driver’s licence, and each property address is limited to one tree.

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