Emily Roston (left), former member of Friends of Uplands Park’s Steering Committee and Margaret Lidkea, chair of Friends of Uplands Park at Tree Appreciation Day 2016. (Submitted)

Growing Oak Bay’s urban forest on Tree Appreciation Day

Annual tree planting set for Nov.4 in Uplands Park

Join Oak Bay Parks and the Friends of Uplands Park for Tree Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 4.

The event is fun for all ages, with hands-on activities including learning how to transplant seedlings, plant trees, and grow a Garry oak from an acorn.

There will be conversation about native plants and invasive species, what species are ideal for Oak Bay, information on pests, proper pruning and more. Ron Carter will lead tree walks.

Boasting one of the highest concentrations of endangered plants in Canada, Uplands Park contains a rare ecosystem complex of Garry oak meadows and woodlands, maritime meadows and vernal pools, that years ago, covered a much greater area in the region.

RELATED: Photo gallery: Eight new Garry oaks grace Oak Bay

RELATED: Trees are cool; find out why in Oak Bay

Part of Oak Bay’s urban forest vision, laid out in the Urban Forest Management Strategy, is to protect and enhance the tree canopy cover in the District to approach 40 per cent by 2045, by supporting a healthy, well -adapted and diverse tree population.

The goal is to plant 1,400 new trees on public land and for the District to work with residents and institutions to plant 5,000 new trees on private property.

The event starts at the entrance to Uplands Park at Dorset Rd. Tools and gloves are provided for those who want to dig in, or feel free to bring your own.


 

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Claremont Spartans win the inaugural Senior Girls’ AAAA Basketball Island Championship

Claremont Spartans win their Feb. 15 game agains the Royal Bay Ravens 71 - 64

Campus View Elementary undergoes $4.2 million in seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary undergoes significant seismic upgrades

Sidney company tastes sweet success with sugar kelp

Cascadia Seaweed is experiencing rapid growth after launching six months ago

North Saanich floats tougher policies for buoys and moorings near Tsehum Harbour

Municipality also considers additional collaboration with Sidney and other communities

Westin Bear Mountain invests $2 million to renovate newly-named spa

‘Amatista Spa’ has yet to announce official opening date

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Most Read