Grants sow the seeds for planting bushes in Victoria – Victoria Information

Between celebrating Canada’s National Tree Day on September 22nd and Tree Appreciation Day on November 4th, the City of Victoria aims to meet its goal of planting 5,000 trees before the end of the year through its grant program, which allows residents to grow on their private property can be planted.

Before the October 31 deadline, Victoria residents can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 for a group of 10 residents to plant at least 10 trees on their private property. Funding will be used for the trees, supplies such as stakes, wild fencing and mulch, and hiring a landscaper or arborist to teach residents or plant the trees themselves. A nonprofit partner is required to receive the funds, so coordination with a local neighborhood organization is recommended.

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“So far we’ve seen a really big uptake,” said Alex Harned, Food Systems Coordinator for the City of Victoria. Last year, the Vic West Community Association, coordinated by Patti Parkhouse, which is coordinated by community member Patti Parkhouse, successfully applied for eight grants from the city and planted more than 80 trees as a result, Harned said.

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The city is again promoting the initiative with the return of the tree-planting season in September, she said. “It’s really a higher-level focus to encourage citizens to plant trees on private property to support the city’s forest… there’s no small action you can take.”

Mayor Lisa Helps accepted the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Trees and Cities challenge on January 1, 2020. Although originated by a European Commission, the challenge is global in scope and will provide some funding to participating municipalities until its completion in 2022. Victoria is the only Canadian competitor in the challenge, Harned said. In light of the COVID pandemic restrictions, the City of Victoria’s plans for city walks and tree planting workshops have been replaced by the Tree Enhancement Grant Scheme for Private Properties.

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