The first official National Tree Day was celebrated in 2011, after a private members motion to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week, National Tree Day, received consent from the House of Commons.
Royal Galipeau, former M.P. for Ottawa-Orléans, who presented the motion at the urging of Tree Canada, said: “By passing this motion, the House will ask Canadians to spend just one day reflecting on the link between their lives and that of the tree. Canadians will dedicate trees, plant trees, learn about trees and appreciate the historical impact the tree has had on Canada’s economic success as a nation.”
Since then, Tree Canada has been the steward of National Tree Day, working to engage Canadians in recognizing the importance of trees in our lives!