This spring and summer, Ecology Ottawa is embarking on our largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history! We have 12,000 seedlings that are looking for new homes in your yard. This tree giveaway is part of Ecology Ottawa’s 1 Million Tree initiative, through which Ottawa as a community plans to give away and plant one million trees as a gift to Canada for its 150th birthday and to help Ottawa’s greenspace recover from the Emerald Ash Borer infestation.
You may be wondering, how on earth we are going to give away that many trees over the course of a few months?
We’re planning to be at dozens of community events and festivals across the city during the summer. We’re partnering with schools, community associations and places of worship to deliver trees through their networks. And while we’ve just started, Ecology Ottawa has already seen unprecedented demand for greening up the capital!
We’re delivering trees to individuals so they can plant them on private property. We’ve already worked alongside the City and other partners to ensure new trees are planted on public lands and rural private property. The next step for a vibrant urban tree canopy recovering from the Emerald Ash Borer crisis is a robust urban ecosystem. Eager to bring home a sapling? Watch out for us at local events throughout the summer!
Interested in helping make this unprecedented tree giveaway effort a huge success?
Here are some ways that you can contribute:
- Tell us about local events in your neighbourhood that we can come to and give away trees at. Email Kathleen to find out more.
- Join our volunteer Tree Team to help give out trees on Ecology Ottawa’s behalf at these exciting events. Email Kathleen to get involved.
- Make a contribution to help us purchase and distribute more trees across Ottawa. Make a donation here.
Thank you for your support and we would also like to thank our generous funders: the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Jim MacNeill family, Ontario 150 and the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Together we can plant 1 million trees in Ottawa!