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Trees are so awesome that the Park Board is almost giving them away for free

October 1 2015

"I encourage families to come down to the Park Board administration building during Doors Open Vancouver where they can get a great deal on a tree for their front or back yard,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar.

The Vancouver Park Board is selling a variety of young trees for a modest $10 to help residents grow the city’s urban tree canopy.

Trees for Vancouver residents

The 6-foot tall trees in 7-10 gallon pots will be available to Vancouver residents (with proof of residency) at the Park Board head office during the second annual Doors Open Vancouver on Saturday, October 3 between 10 am and 5 pm. The Board office is one of 18 City of Vancouver sites open to the public.
 
“The Park Board has a long history of planting and caring for trees in green spaces and parks across Vancouver, but we need residents to also plant trees on their property in order to increase the urban tree canopy. I encourage families to come down during the Doors Open event where they can get a great deal on a tree for their front or back yard,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar.

Four types of trees available

The trees being sold include fruit (Italian prune plums, apple and cherry), flowering (Snowcone Japanese Snowbell and Magnolia ‘Randy’), shade (Katsura and Autumn Gold Ginkgo) and conifers (dwarf mountain pine ‘mops’ and Frohburg Weeping Norway spruce) valued at up to $100 each. There is a limit of five trees per person.

The Park Board is targeting to plant 11,000 new trees, including on private property, this year in support of the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forest Strategy, which was endorsed by the Park Board and City Council in April 2014.

Urban forest figures

Vancouver is home to an urban forest with more than 140,000 street trees and 340,000 park trees along with trees on private property. The urban forest plays important environmental and social roles, such as cleaning the air, absorbing storm water, storing carbon, providing habitat and improving health and well-being.

Every tree in our city makes up what is known as Vancouver’s urban forest. Today, 18 percent of Vancouver is covered by tree canopy (ground area is covered by tree leaf canopies as seen from the air) on par with Victoria and Seattle, but down from 22.5 percent in 1995.

Benefits of trees

As our canopy declines, so do the benefits provided by the urban forest including cleaning the air, absorbing carbon dioxide, managing rain water and providing wildlife habitat.

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact pbtree@vancouver.ca.

Learn more about the Urban Forest Strategy