St. Catharines plants 100 trees to help restore the canopy

The City of St. Catharines is putting down roots with a special tree planting.

500 trees were given away during the city's highly successful free tree giveaway, but 100 trees were left unclaimed.

Those remaining trees will be planted at Walker’s Creek, Centennial Gardens, Malcolmson Eco-Park and Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm over the next few days according to Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Phil Cristi.

"We've removed more than 3,000 mature trees from our city parks and other places because of the Emerald Ash Boer and little by little, bit by bit, we're doing our part to try and recoup some of that canopy we lost."

The community is welcome to come out and lend a hand - planting starts today at 9 a.m. Walkers Creek today.

Tomorrow planting will be at Centennial Gardens and on Malcolmson Eco-Park and Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm on Thursday.

Residents looking to take part in CommuniTREE Planting Events must register in advance so City staff can ensure they have enough equipment on site to provide residents with the tools necessary to participate. Register online at www.stcatharines.ca/CommuniTREE or call 905-688-5600.