Tree Giveaway Season is HERE!
This year Ecology Ottawa is embarking on the largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history! We have 15,000 seedlings that are looking for new homes.
The trees distributed through this program are for individuals to plant on private property. We’ve already worked alongside the City and other partners to ensure new trees are planted on public lands and rural private property. The next step in recovering from the Emerald Ash Borer crisis is to develop a robust and vibrant urban tree canopy.
You may be wondering, how on earth we are going to give away that many trees over the course of a few months?
We’re teaming up with dozens of amazing community partners who are co-hosting Tree Giveaways with us across the city. This includes community associations, local businesses, organizations, schools, faith-based institutions, and individuals to provide as many Ottawans as possible with tree seedlings to green up their neighbourhood.
In previous years, Ecology Ottawa has seen unprecedented demand for trees – residents are eager to green up the capital! However, it goes without saying that this year will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tree giveaways are being set up as contactless pick-ups.
In an effort to reduce gathering at the giveaways, we have put the required pre-participation survey online this year. Please complete the 3-minute survey ahead of time to opt-in to the Tree Program. After completing the survey, you'll be eligible to pick up trees at any of our scheduled giveaways!
Want to help make this year’s Tree Giveaway Season a huge success?
Here are some ways that you can contribute:
🌳 Interested in co-hosting a Tree Giveaway for your community?
Email our Tree Team at [email protected] for more information.
🌳 Have a community partner in mind that we should reach out to? Are there any local events in your neighbourhood you'd like to see us distributing trees at?
Email our Tree Team at [email protected] to let us know.
🌳 Want to help us distribute trees? Join our volunteer Tree Team!
Email [email protected] for more information.
🌳 Passionate about helping us distribute more trees across Ottawa?
Thank you for your support! We would also like to thank our generous funders for making this program possible: the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Jim MacNeill family, Ontario 150 and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.