27 September 2016

Vancouver offers 3,000 trees for $10 each

Steve Whysall,   Vancouver Sun 
Published: September 26, 2016 Updated: September 27, 2016 3:50 PM
Do you have room in your garden for another tree? Or perhaps you don’t have any trees in your garden and you think it’s time to plant one.
Now’s the perfect time to do it. And Vancouver Park Board is making it a whole lot easier by offering residents 3,000 trees at a bargain price of $10 each as part of the city’s plan to get 150,000 trees planted by 2020 in a bid to “replenish the urban forest” and make Vancouver one of the greenest cities in the world.
This is the third time the city has made this offer. Featuring 27 varieties of trees, the sale will be held Oct. 1 and 2. Residents are encouraged to place orders online and then pick up their tree/trees at the Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way Vancouver.
“These sales are critical to us getting trees into the hands of private citizens to support our goals of 150,000 new trees planted in Vancouver by 2020,” says Margo Harper, spokesperson for the park board
Trees being offered include this extensive list: Bing cherry, Brown Turkey and Desert King fig, Carolina allspice, cascara, Combination apple, Constellation dogwood, Cupid sour cherry, Emperor Japanese maple, McNair horse chestnut, Gladiator crabapple, hardy orange, Hot Wings Tatarian maple, Japanese tree lilac, Leyland cypress, Little Woody redbud, Mayday tree, Pagoda dogwood, Prairie Spire Green ash, Prairie Torch buckeye, Rainbow’s End spruce, Showy mountain ash, Showbird hawthorn, Spring Show crabapple, stag horn sumac, Twisty Baby robinia, vine maple, and Norway spruce.
“We have had  pretty slow uptake on pre-sales compared to spring and last fall,” says Harper, “but there are some very interesting and unusual trees for sale at great prices.”
Vancouver residents can buy up to a maximum of three trees per household. The trees are worth about $75 each but are not suitable for balconies or inside the home.
“We are planning for annual spring and fall sales going forward,” says Vancouver park board chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.
“Vancouverites can play a vital role as planting partners to help us restore our tree canopy and meet our goals for a healthy urban forest,” she says.
Residents who have ordered and paid for their trees online can pick them up October 1st or 2nd at Hillcrest Centre.
A limited number of trees will be available for cash purchase on Sunday, October 2 between 2 pm – 4 pm.
Trees are only available for sale to City of Vancouver residents. ID and proof of address will be required when picking up trees.
Today, only 18 per cent of Vancouver is covered by tree canopy, a drop from 22 per cent in 1995. 
For more information go to Vancouver Fall Tree Sale

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