New Forest in the City 

Earth Week 2016 Tree Planting

Sunday, April 17, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Abbott Court (off Garden Ave, south of Highway #403)

Tree Planting April 17, 2016

Help us plant a new forest in our city - over 47,000 trees planted to date! Join us for this FREE fun community event, drop in between: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please bring your own shovel.  Call 519-759-4150, Ext.5872 or Ext. 5509 to learn more.

Background

Brantford City Council and local industries are supporting the development of a 65-acre native tree forest in Brantford – a New Forest in the City. The five-year project is led by the Brant Tree Coalition and a number of local business, youth and school groups have been planting trees since April 2012.

The City has leased the parcel of land, which isn't suitable for development, in the Braneida Phase 9 industrial area to the Grand River Conservation Authority. The lease will allow interested groups to apply for funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Plans call for the area to become a native forest which includes a wide variety of species such as white pine, white spruce, hickory, maple, white cedar, tamarack and tulip trees, and dogwood plants. The Brant Tree Coalition wants to include walking trails and small bridges to allow users to appreciate the three streams, aquatic life, mammals, birds and plants. With the new forest, the ecosystem will rebuild – attracting even more species to the site.

Some of the benefits of this new forest include:

  • Individuals will experience a hands-on environmental restoration project
  • Future biodiversity will be enhanced
  • Erosion will be reduced
  • Brantford’s tree canopy will be increased
  • Water and air quality will be improved

Experts from the Grand River Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources and City of Brantford Urban Forestry group are providing guidance for the project.