18 communities across Canada receive grants to plant fruit and nut trees

OTTAWA, ON – APRIL 2, 2015 – Today, Tree Canada announced the 18 Canadian communities awarded funding as part of the organization’s Edible Trees Program. One of Tree Canada’s most popular programs, Edible Trees encourages urban greening as well as food security by investing in fruit and nut tree plantings in communities across Canada.

“The Edible Trees Program provides more than just funding for community-based projects,” says Mike Rosen, Tree Canada president, “We support the communities with education and expertise to help ensure the new fruit and nut trees flourish. With Edible Trees, communities have access to fresh produce and improve their green space, contributing to a healthier environment and healthier people.”

Thanks to the Edible Trees program’s generous partners, Loblaw, Silk, and Telus, the program is able to provide up to $4,000 in grants to municipalities, schools and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain fruit and nut trees. Without their participation, the Edible Trees program would not be able to reach as many communities across Canada.

“We thank the Edible Trees program’s sponsors, and applaud our grant recipients,” Rosen said. “Each of the 18 communities showed great thought and foresight in their applications. They understand that increasing access to edible trees and green spaces encourages outdoor activities, promotes healthy eating, and can strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to care for community-grown resources and share in the harvest.”

This year’s Edible Trees program grant recipients are:

  • Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest, Montreal QC
  • Harrington School, Harrington Harbour QC
  • Ville de Sainte-Ursule, Sainte-Ursule QC
  • La Fondation CO2 Environnement, Ste-Thérèse QC
  • Fruit for All, Sudbury ON
  • All Things Food / Bouffe 360, Mountain ON
  • Mansion Green Community Garden (MGCG), Kitchener ON
  • Mills Community Support Corporation, Almonte ON
  • Assiginack Public School Council, Manitowaning ON
  • Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG), Stratford PE
  • Falls Brook Centre, Glassville NB
  • Dover Tidy Towns Committee, Dover NL
  • Ecology North, Yellowknife NT
  • Hunger in Moose Jaw Inc, Moose Jaw SK
  • City of Morden, MB
  • Cowichan Lake Community Garden Food Forest, Duncan BC
  • Long-Term Inmates Now in the Community (L.I.N.C.), Mission BC
  • Dewdney Elementary School, Dewdney BC

Each Edible Trees proposal was judged based on five key areas: innovation, community involvement, technical expertise, promotion and evaluation of the programs’ overall success.

The 18 communities awarded an Edible Trees 2015 grant will receive funding for site preparation, caliper tree(s) purchased, materials (guards, mulch, stakes), 3-year maintenance funding, site supervision and assessments and/or workshop delivery to help ensure the health and longevity of the trees.

Since its inception, Tree Canada’s Edible Trees Program has helped plant 6,025 trees and shrubs in communities across Canada.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies, and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992, 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Richard Walker
Tree Canada
613-567-5545 ext. 224
rwalker@treecanada.ca

Samantha Tam
High Road
613-688-1192
samantha.tam@highroad.com