Oak Bay hosts Tree Appreciation Day at Uplands Park

More than 50 Garry oaks purchased to plant this fall

Oak Bay’s Grow Your Oaks program has hit 50 buyers of the initial 71 target and with Tree Appreciation Day on Sunday, the municipality is looking for more buyers.

Oak Bay launched its Grow Your Oaks program, spearheaded by the Community Association of Oak Bay, with a goal of planting 5,000 trees on private property by 2045.

It aims to enhance the Oak Bay canopy cover by 40 per cent.

“Grow Your Oaks is going really well,” said Chris Hyde-Lay, Parks Services manager. “This is the right time of year to plant and we’re hoping more people will join us for Tree Appreciation Day.”

READ MORE: Oak Bay plants new program for National Tree Day

The first tree will go in the yard of Oak Bay couple Jena Croft and Jer Walz. The program was inspired Jena’s mother Jill Croft, who cofounded the community association. Croft listed it in her will to plant Garry oaks and the association strived for 71.

Both the municipality and the community association of Oak Bay are hosting an event with for Tree Appreciation Day at Uplands Park from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Speakers will talk about the importance of trees in the community, how to protect and grow Oak Bay’s Urban Forest, how to choose the right tree for the right place, and how to plant a tree properly and band trees against pests.

There will also be a chance to transplant two-year-old seedlings and take one home for a donation.

Kids can even try tree climbing with a harness.

There will be two walks, the first led by Wylie Thomas on Garry oak ecosystems in Uplands Park at 10:30 a.m. followed by a neighbourhood tree walk with arborist Ron Carter at 11:30 a.m.

Refreshments will be provided. Meet at the Cattle Point entrance at Beach Drive.

Also of note is that the Uplands Central Meadow will be closed once again this winter to protect the endangered Garry oak ecosystem.

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Saanich mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

Sidney councillor predicts developers will take liberties after retroactive approval of beach stairs

Developer built stairs in an environmentally sensitive area without prior approval

Trans ID Clinics provide folks with pro bono legal advice

Free info sessions for people looking to change their name, gender marker on their identification

Plant-based pizza restaurant to open its doors in Victoria this December

Virtuous Pie has locations in Vancouver, Toronto and Portland

Oak Bay ready for 19th annual Light Up

Games, crafts, live music, roasted chestnuts mark Sunday’s Light Up

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Four arrested after report of shots fired in Nanaimo

RCMP arrest four suspects in high-risk takedown in Cedar

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

Distracted driving tickets not for ICBC revenue, B.C. minister says

Minister Mike Farnworth calls SenseBC analysis ‘nonsense’

CN Rail strike and lack of trucking alternatives stoke forest industry fears

Companies calling on the federal government to ‘do everything in its power’ to end the strike

Most Read