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Park Board branches out and sells thousands of trees online

April 4 2016 Going, going, gone!

“Tree Week allows us all to build a healthy, resilient urban forest for future generations.” - Sarah Kirby-Yung, Vancouver Park Board Chair

Vancouver's Tree Week helps support the Urban Forest Strategy

In just a week, the Vancouver Park Board has sold almost 3,000 trees in the lead up to Vancouver Tree Week, April 2 – 10. The online tree sale began March 22.

Growing the urban forest one yard at a time

“I’m not surprised that Vancouver residents have embraced our sale. The tree price is right and there is clearly an appetite to grow the urban forest one yard at a time,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Tree Week allows us all to build a healthy, resilient urban forest for future generations.”

$10 trees still available

The 3,000 trees are selling for $10 each and include 22 varieties of fruit, flowering, shade and conifers. While the majority have sold out online, a limited quantity will be available for cash purchase at Hillcrest Centre on Saturday, April 2 between 1 – 4 pm and at Trout Lake Community Centre on Sunday, April 10 between noon and 3 pm.

Tree Week events include:

  •  Big tree walk in Stanley Park on April 2
  • Tree walk through Queen Elizabeth Park on April 3
  • The Hollow Tree in Stanley Park story on April 3
  • Walk in Stanley Park to learn about tree canopy and wildlife on April 3
  • Viewing of animated short film, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ on April 4 and 5
  • Launch of new book ‘Vancouver Tree Book’ on April 6
  • Tree identification walk at Thornton Park on April 7
  • When Trees talk presentation and short movie screening on April 8
  • Community reforestation planting at Everett Crowley Park on April 9
  • Native edible and medicinal tree and plant walk at Hastings Park on April 9
  • Community reforestation planting at West Memorial Park on April 10

Learn more about Vancouver Tree Week

Tree Week supports the Park Board’s Urban Forest and Biodiversity Strategies. Partners include Stanley Park Ecology Society, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Everett Crowley Park Committee, Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver tree expert David Tracey.

Tree canopy decline

Vancouver’s tree canopy has been in steady decline over the past two decades. Today, 18% of Vancouver is covered by tree canopy, a drop from 22% in 1995. Canopy is the amount of ground covered by tree leaves as seen from the air.
 
The Park Board, residents, and other partners aim to plant 14,000 trees this year toward the goal of 150,000 new trees planted by 2020.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Coinciding with Tree Week is the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, March 24 – April 17. The Vancouver Park Board is a presenting sponsor.
 
The Festival is selling flowering cherry trees called ‘Birthday Blossoms,’ in celebration of its 10th anniversary. This fundraiser supports the Festival’s mission to sustain and renew Vancouver's cherry tree heritage, while engaging communities to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic cherry blossom.