Help us grow our urban forest, one $10 tree at a time

September 13 2016

"We had phenomenal public response to our previous tree sales" said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Tree sale

Vancouver resident Michaela Geddes has a couple of new arrivals in her East Vancouver back yard.

The kids love them and so do the birds. They are plum and apple trees purchased from the Vancouver Park Board last spring in a twice yearly push to restore our urban forest.

"As a mother it's important that I live in a city where my children can eat fruit that's grown right in their backyard," she said.

$10 trees for sale to Vancouver residents

The Park Board is offering Vancouver residents the opportunity to buy heavily discounted trees online in the next few weeks for pick up the first weekend of October.

We are selling 3,000 trees at $10 each. 28 varieties of fruit, flowering, shade, and conifer trees - many of which are small enough for urban back yards - can be purchased online by Vancouver residents, to a maximum of three per household. The trees are worth about $75 each, and are not suitable for balconies or inside the home.

Planting partners needed

"We are planning for annual spring and fall sales going forward. Vancouverites can play a vital role as planting partners to help us restore our tree canopy and meet our goals for a healthy urban forest," said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Residents who have ordered and paid for their trees online can pick them up October 1st or 2nd at Hillcrest Centre.

A limited number of trees will be available for cash purchase on Sunday, October 2 between 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Trees are only available for sale to City of Vancouver residents. ID and proof of address will be required when picking up trees.

The tree sale supports our Urban Forest and Biodiversity Strategies.

Trees clean the air, manage rain water, and more

Our urban forest includes all trees in parks, streets, and yards. It is vital for cleaning air, managing rain water, providing wildlife and bird habitats, and improving health and well-being.

The Park Board, residents, and other partners aim to plant 14,000 trees this year toward the goal of 150,000 new trees by 2020. We have already planted almost half the trees to meet this ambitious goal.

Tree canopy in Vancouver

Our tree canopy, which is the amount of ground covered by tree leaves as seen from the air, has been in steady decline over the past two decades. Today, only 18% of Vancouver is covered by tree canopy, a drop from 22% in 1995. 

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