Mississauga residents can grab free trees as city marks National Forest Week
Published September 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm
The City of Mississauga is giving trees away to residents as part of National Forest Week, running Sept. 19-25.
Tree plantings, educational webinars and more are also part of events being held in Mississauga in efforts to raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees in urban spaces.
Events are also being hosted by the City to formally kick off the fall planting season and advance the goals of Mississauga’s Climate Change Action Plan.
The first of four tree giveaways takes place this Saturday (Sept. 18) at Malton Community Centre, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The same location hosts another giveaway on Oct. 6 from 4-6 p.m.
Mississauga Valley Community Centre hosts a tree giveaway on Sept. 29 from 5-7 p.m., while the final giveaway takes place at Churchill Meadows Library on Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m.
Mississauga received a TD Green Spaces Grant of $25,000 and a CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up grant, also for $25,000, to help pay for National Forest Week events. The TD grant recognizes Mississauga for supporting green infrastructure development while the CN grant recognizes the City’s efforts in greening its municipal properties.
COVID-19 restrictions are in place for all events, including limited attendance, masking, physical distancing and contact tracing.
Pre-registration is required for all events and participants must complete a pre-screening.
Other events scheduled include:
- flagship tree-planting event, with 75 volunteers planting 400 trees, on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. atTotoredacaPark, 2715 Meadowvale Blvd. Tour of the nearby woodland is also part of the day
- Toronto and Region Conservation Authority tree-planting event, also on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Victory Park, 3055 Victory Cres., Mississauga
- virtual webinars on terrestrial invasive plants (Sept. 21, 5-6 p.m.), creating a woodland garden with native plants (Sept. 22, 5-6 p.m.) and National Forest Week sketch night (Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.)
To register for tree-plantings, tree giveaways and webinars, visit onemilliontrees.eventbrite.com.
Mississauga is home to 2.1 million trees on both public and private lands, an urban forest that covers 19 per cent of the city.
In 2020, Mississauga joined other cities in being recognized for a commitment to protect, enhance and celebrate its urban tree canopy. With the support of volunteers, more than 40,000 trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses are planted annually throughout the city.
Mississauga is more than one-third of the way towards its goal to plant one million new trees by 2032.
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