(April 17, 2012, – Ottawa, On.)  – Tree Canada is proud to announce its 20 winners of its very popular Edible Trees program.

Supported by Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Taste of Nature, Edible Trees provides grants of up to $3000  to municipalities, schools and community gardens to purchase and maintain fruit and nut trees.

“Growing fruit and nut trees not only beautify neighbourhoods, but also provides a source of food and an educational tool for communities,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “By planting these trees, residents can learn the art of cultivating and harvesting tree food and sharing it with their neighbours.”

Over 200 applications were sent to Tree Canada for this program of which the following 20 community groups were awarded:

  • Food Action Society, Vernon, BC
  • Sooke Region Food CHI Society, Sooke, BC
  • Langley Environmental Partners Society, Langley, BC
  • Coaldale Community Garden Society, Coaldale, AB
  • Chaparral Community Green Thumbs, Calgary, AB
  • Community Garden Alliance, Yorkton, SK
  • South Osborne Community Cooperative Inc., Winnipeg, MB
  • Teulon Collegiate Green Team, Teulon, MB
  • Town of Emerson, Emerson, MB
  • Mills Community Support Corporation, Mississippi Mills, ON
  • Victoria Hills Multicultural Community Garden, Kitchener, ON
  • Transition Guelph, Guelph, ON
  • Beausoleil First Nation, Christian Island, ON
  • Cambridge City Green, Cambridge, ON
  • Les Urbainculteurs, Québec, QC
  • Ferme Héritage Miner, Granby, QC
  • West Northfield Elementary School, West Northfield, NS
  • Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and North Queens High, Kempt, NS
  • Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society, Halifax, NS
  • Town of Annapolis Royal, Annapolis Royal, NS

Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that works with sponsors, donors and communities to plant and care for rural and urban trees, promotes urban forests in Canada and facilitates carbon offset projects with trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

Melissa Nisbett
Communications Officer
Tree Canada
Tel:  +1 613 567 5545 ext 224
E-mail:  mnisbett@treecanada.ca