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Planting roots for a greener Kelowna

Kelowna is getting ready to plant trees on Saturday with the help of the TD Green Streets Program.

The City’s NeighbourWoods program will take place at the Mission Recreation Park Arboretum (4105 Gordon Dr.) at from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to bring their gardening and tree health questions for city staff and tree experts.

“The goal of NeighbourWoods is to not only help us increase our tree canopy to 20 per cent but to encourage residents to invest in our local environment,” said  Ian Wilson, park services manager.

“Through public education and the planting of trees we can preserve, protect and grow a greener Kelowna.”

This fall’s NeighbourWoods program will include:

• Tree planting demonstrations every hour beginning at 11 a.m.

• Urban Forestry Strategy display

• Community Wildfire Protection Plan display

• Tree Health seminar with Don Burnett

• Ceremonial tree planting with Mayor Sharon Shepherd and TD representative Vik Bains, at 12:30 p.m.

• Tree pick-up for successful applicants

The city’s fall NeighbourWoods program was made possible thanks to a $15,000 TD Green Streets matching grant.

Funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, TD Green Streets is the flagship program of Tree Canada.

It is the only nationally-based municipal forestry innovation program.

Since its inception in 1994, more than 390 municipalities have received Green Streets funding.

“TD Friends of the Environment Foundation commends the City of Kelowna for developing a progressive plan to increase the city’s urban canopy and for engaging its citizens in this great program,” said Mary Desjardins, the executive director of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

 

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