Adopt-a-Park-Tree

Trees have been mulched

The mulch arrived on Thursday 13th April and all our trees have now been mulched, along with a few extra ones. We are all now monitoring our trees and will be watering them as necessary over the summer.

Adopt-a-Park-Tree is a program where a park friends group becomes a caregiver for young trees planted in the park. It is run by Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) and Park People.

We started our program in 2014. We currently have some 44 trees in the program at five different sites in the park: the 16 Sakura (Japanese cherry) trees between the tennis courts and the Community Garden; 6 trees of different species beside the main path between the dog off-leash area and the tennis courts; 10 trees around the children’s water play area; 5 trees at the top of the steps up from the Phil White Arena; and 7 trees at the west side of the outdoor skating rink. At present we have some 12 volunteers or “adopters”. Ideally, each adopter is responsible for one tree. In our case, some adopters are currently tending several trees each.

During 2015-16, we continued to mulch, water and weed our trees regularly. We are now starting our fourth season in April, 2017 with the usual mulching (see above).

Adopters are responsible for:

  • Annual mulching around the tree’s base.
  • Keeping the base free of weeds.
  • Weekly watering, especially when there has been little or no rain.
  • Finding a holiday substitute.

Here are maps of  two of the sites where the trees are: on the left you can see the path with the trees beside it; on the right you can see the tennis courts and the semi-circle of trees: AAPT Tree Map 02AAPT Tree Map 01

If you are interested in becoming an adopter, please contact us at:

www.friendsofcedarvale@gmail.com

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