Jul 06, 2016 Return to Headlines

Add a “Neighbourhood Tree Days” Event to Your Block Party

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 6, 2016 – Coquitlam residents participating in the 125 Block Party Challenge are also invited to sign up for a Neighbourhood Tree Days event.

As part of the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations, the City of Coquitlam is offering Neighbourhood Tree Days as an optional add-on to its Block Party program. Block Party applicants can select the optional Neighbourhood Tree Days component and nurture their neighbourhood by planting trees provided by the City and learning proper pruning and tree-care techniques from a Tree Expert.

The City’s Urban Forestry Section received a $25,000 grant award from Tree Canada and TD Green Streets for the Neighbourhood Tree Days Program. This innovative program will help residents properly care for their existing trees and increase tree numbers in the City by having residents plant an additional 125 trees in 2016. This program will contribute significantly to Coquitlam’s urban forest by increasing the canopy cover and will also reduce carbon, improving the health of the community, and increasing resident stewardship of urban trees.

Upon application, Urban Forestry staff will book an appointment time with the Block Party applicant to plan the Neighbourhood Tree Days component of their Block Party.

Applications for a Neighbourhood Tree Days party can be found online at both www.coquitlam125.ca/blockparties or www.coquitlam.ca/neighbourhoodtrees.

About Coquitlam’s Urban Forest

The City’s overall tree canopy cover is 39%, comprised of a mosaic of forests and well-treed neighbourhoods. Coquitlam is home to 1,900 acres of forested park, 6,500 street trees, and 6,000 park trees. The City maintains nearly 3,000 recently planted street trees each summer.

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Media Contact:
Lanny Englund
Urban Forestry & Parks Services Manager
City of Coquitlam