Let’s Talk Trees…

Our urban forest is a major municipal asset. Cities spend a lot of time, money and resources maintaining “grey” infrastructure, but not enough on “green” infrastructure. Green infrastructure is linked to quality of life, recreation, air quality, urban cooling, carbon offsets, and so many other intangible benefits, such as aesthetic beauty.

Grey infrastructure is, let’s face it, boring. It’s underground, it’s invisible, and rarely appreciated. Green infrastructure is something we enjoy everyday.

It used to be that tree planting and naturalization were community efforts. Scouts, Rotary, OPIRG, Trees for Guelph etc. are still involved in such efforts and are making a difference.

We need to expand the community effort. Council is faced with a tough budget year in 2010. Tree replacements (1 for 1) will likely continue, but we will never make a dent in increasing our canopy at that rate. The saying goes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is NOW.”

So let’s rally! Would you “adopt a tree” for your local park?

People buy far-away invisible stars as Christmas gifts. And service orgs adopt a km of roadside highway. Why not adopt a local tree you can see grow everyday and one that your grandchildren can enjoy a generation from now?

Royal City Park needs more trees. The park was originally funded by the IODE as a gift to the Royal City. Will our community continue this tradition? So many individuals and groups benefit from this park — Old University Neighbourhood Association, John McCrae School, the Boathouse, the Animal Hospital, just to name a few. How about adopting a tree?

Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF), Sierra Club, Council of Canadians, LIMITS — would you adopt a tree?

I will.  On behalf of my family, I will purchase a tree for Royal City Park.

Anyone else?

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7 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Trees…

  1. Pingback: Let’s Talk Trees… « Ward 2 Guelph

  2. New to the City in the 1970’s, Royal City Park, with its amazing trees, and the Church of Our Lady made equal and lasting impressions as magnificent spiritual places.

    The park was a routine detour on my way home from the university, for reflection, recharging, clearing my head, not to mention the countless times I walked through the park on my way home, just for the sheer joy of it.

    I will happily buy a tree for this park which has given me so much over the years

    Thanks to the ladies of the IODE all those years ago and thanks to you, Leanne for opening up this opportunity to participate in the ongoing stewardship of this beautiful place.

  3. hey Leanne;

    buying one tree won’t alleviate your guilt for having killed hundreds with the development of the Hanlon Creek Business Park. Your actions are indicative of how you, as a person and a councillor, are only interested in appearing to be concerned with greenspace preservation, while in fact being instrumental in it’s destruction. Shameful greenwashing; we can all see through your facade.

  4. Chris, since you and I have never met, I won’t take offense in your comments. As an individual, I have personally planted (yes, that means digging, planting, watering) more trees than will ever be removed from HCBP. As a councillor, I have made decisions that have saved/planted more trees than cut trees. I will continue to advocate for the preservation and increased canopy of our urban forest.

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