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Grow Our Canopy aims to increase tree numbers in the City

'It is a good start to increasing the tree canopy for future generations this year and many more to come'
100 trees will be available at $15 each to qualified residential property owners

A program called "Grow Our Canopy", aimed at helping people buy trees for their yards is back for a second year,

Trees for Nipissing has teamed up with the City to make 100 trees available at $15 each to qualified residential property owners who successfully complete an online application form and prepay to reserve a tree.  

“Trees for Nipissing is so excited to be providing this program for North Bay homeowners," said Trees for Nipissing Chair Peggy Walsh Craig. "It is a good start to increasing the tree canopy for future generations this year and many more to come.” 

See: Low cost trees available to green up your yard

A variety of trees will be available, including taller species such as red and sugar maple and smaller trees such as paper birch and serviceberry. Trees will range from three to five feet tall and will be less developed than those typically seen in garden centres. Property owners can apply starting today by completing this online form and completing payment by etransfer to [email protected] or at our online store.

One tree is available per property. Pick-up will be at Lee Park, 800 Memorial Drive, under the Gateway to the North arch in early May.

Trees are one of the most valuable assets that can be added to any property. Not only do they provide aesthetic appeal, but they also offer numerous benefits to the environment, wildlife, and even the property owner. 

First and foremost, trees provide shade and cooling effects, which can significantly reduce energy costs during the hot summer months. By blocking the sun's rays from hitting the property, trees can keep the air conditioning units from working overtime, resulting in lower electricity bills. Moreover, trees can also absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, and generate oxygen, which is essential to human life.

Trees also act as natural sound barriers, reducing noise pollution from traffic and other sources. This can be particularly beneficial for properties located near busy roads or commercial areas. In addition, trees can improve air quality by filtering out pollutants such as dust, smoke, and other harmful particles that can cause respiratory problems.

Trees are also an important part of wildlife habitats, providing food and shelter for various species of birds, mammals, and insects. This can enhance the biodiversity of the surrounding environment and contribute to the overall health of the ecosystem.

Trees have been shown to add value to the property by improving its curb appeal and creating a more inviting atmosphere. Studies have shown that properties with mature trees can increase in value by up to 20 per cent compared to those without any trees.

Jeff Turl

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