Vancouver supports a diverse and healthy urban forest.
The City is responsible for the care and maintenance of all public trees in Vancouver including trees that line our streets, trees that are in parks, and trees along boulevards.
Our city streets alone have over 130,000 trees.
Arborists working for the Park Board grow trees at Vancouver's own tree farm and plant thousands of new trees each year.
Maintenance of street trees includes:
- Pruning trees
- Planting trees
- Removal of trees
- Dealing with pests and diseases regarding trees
The City can also help with:
- Additional street beautification projects
- Preparing planting sites near the base of trees (we provide flowers for residents to plant around the base of boulevard trees if we have left over flowers from planting in the public parks).
How to help maintain the City's trees
Homeowners are asked to:
- Watch for vandalism of trees.
- Be aware of the inadvertent damage that can be caused to young trees from lawn mowers and weed whips
- Water newly planted trees. Watch for these tags.
School children and community groups are encouraged to:
- Participate in Arbor Week tree-planting activities.
- Participate in educational outreach programs about the care and benefits of our Vancouver street trees.