To mark Sidney’s third Annual Tree Appreciation Day, community members are invited to help more trees take root in town. The annual event is intended to incrementally grow Sidney’s tree canopy on both public and private lands.
“Trees are an invaluable part of Sidney, providing beauty and shade while increasing our community’s resilience to climate change. I appreciate the time volunteers from both the community and the Greater Victoria Green Team take each year to invest in the future of Sidney’s tree canopy,” said Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith.
Community members can get involved in the following ways:
- Tree Giveaway: Property owners interested in planting a tree on their own property can pick up a free sapling or seedling of their choice from Town Hall (2440 Sidney Avenue) from September 20 to 23 between 8:30 am to 4 pm. No registration is required. Trees are shared on a first-come, first serve basis with limited numbers of some species. Species include: Pacific crabapple, Garry oak, Big-leaf maple, Red alder, Western red cedar, and Douglas fir.
- Tree Appreciation Day planting event: On Saturday, September 24 from 9:45 am to 1 pm, community members are invited to help plant Douglas fir seedlings in Peter Grant Park in an area alongside KEL,SET (Reay Creek). As the native trees grow, they will help stabilize the streambank and provide shade over this important salmon stream. The Douglas firs being planted were the seedlings left unclaimed from the 2021 Tree Giveaway. The seedlings have been thriving in Sidney’s shadehouse, doubling many times in size since last fall. To register for the event, visit: https://www.meetup.com/greater-victoria-green-team/events/287762235/
For more information, visit www.sidney.ca.
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith