NeighbourWoods sets roots for return of the fall program

The City of Kelowna NeighbourWoods program was awarded a TD Green Streets grant in April that will enable the program to run again this fall.

The City of Kelowna NeighbourWoods program was awarded a TD Green Streets grant in April that will enable the program to run again this fall.

The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, which provides grants for tree planting, maintenance and educational activities, named Kelowna as one of 23 winning municipalities.

The city will match the $15,000 grant, directing the full $30,000 toward the NeighbourWoods program.

“The program is an important initiative for the city as it makes ‘greening’ neighbourhoods affordable for residents,” said Lorna Rowland, landscape design technician.

“The fall is ideal for planting trees as the winter months give the root systems time to develop.”

The NeighbourWoods program is a residential planting initiative developed to encourage citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest.

According to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, Kelowna’s tree canopy was at about 13 per cent, while the recommended tree cover for our area is 25 per cent.

NeighbourWoods was not able to secure funding for the spring 2011 program, but with the TD Green Streets award and the city’s continued support, the program will be back this fall.

In 2010, residents bought 1,000 discounted trees ($30/tree, including taxes) to plant on their properties.

For more information about the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/environment under NeighbourWoods.

 

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