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Kelowna's NeighbourWoods initiative is back and you can choose from five different trees

Plant a tree for the city

The City of Kelowna has announced the NeighbourWoods initiative to help encourage citizens to grow and preserve the city’s urban forest, so go out on a limb and spruce up your yard!

The trees are available now until April 1, or until the trees are sold out.

Residents are invited to purchase one of the five different trees at a cost of $40 plus GST. You can choose from the American Mountain Ash, Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac, Maidenhair Ginkgo, Northwood Maple and the Urban Pinnacle Oak. There is a limited amount of the tree species and a total of 250 trees are available.

“The NeighbourWoods program has been helping to beautify our city with trees for over 10 years. Since 2010, residents have purchased over 5,000 trees to plant on their properties,” says urban forestry technician Tara Bergeson. “This program helps us bring residents together to work towards our goal of becoming a greener city. Kelowna continues to grow and we want to ensure our urban forest grows with it.”

To order a NeighbourWoods tree, view the different descriptions online first. When you’ve chosen the type of tree you want click here to order online or with your credit card by calling 250-469-8800.

Before ordering online, you must have an online recreation account.

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the usual tree pickup event cannot take place. Instead, trees will be delivered to residents’ homes on April 16.

The city is pleased to announce NeighbourWoods will be returning in the fall for the first time, with even more trees.

“Due to supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to secure as many trees as usual this spring,” says Bergeson. “But the good news is that we’ll have a lot more trees available in the fall. October is actually an ideal time for tree planting, as it’s not as hot and trees can establish well over the cooler, wetter fall months.”

This year’s tree event is parallel to the recent announcement that Kelowna is one of 120 Tree Cities of the World by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation.



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