Tree giveaway events start this weekend in Hamilton


Published April 27, 2023 at 11:52 am

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Homeowners looking for more shade or just to beautify their backyard can pick up a free tree starting this weekend.

The City of Hamilton starts the first of three Free Tree and Compost Giveaway events this weekend, according to a press release from the City of Hamilton. The event promotes environmental sustainability by creating a greener, cleaner, and healthier city, the city notes.

The Free Tree Giveaway events are on April 29, May 6 and May 13 at Turner Park, from 7 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last).

Two-gallon shade and ornamental native trees will be available. They are approximately one metre tall and white oak, dogwood, paw paw, redbud, white pine, white spruce and many other species will be given away.

“These trees not only beautify backyards but also help the City offset emissions, enhance biodiversity and work as a community to prepare for the future impacts of climate change,” the city notes.

There will be a limit of one tree per property and homeowners must present a driver’s license or property tax bill.

The homeowner is responsible to plant, water and maintain the private tree. The city suggests calling or visiting before digging.

Advanced registration is not required. The event is a drive-thru contactless pickup happening rain or shine. For more information, see the website.

The Compost Giveaway events are on April 29 at both Turner Park and Joe Sam’s Leisure Park, from 7 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last) and on May 6 and May 13 at Turner Park, from 7 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last).

Residents must bring their own shovels and pails.

The compost is made from organic waste collected in the city’s yard waste program and provides a nutrient-rich alternative to chemical fertilizers.

Using compost in gardens and landscaping helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promotes healthy soil, plants, and food. Compost is available for residents only and not available for commercial businesses. The Compost Giveaway is free, however, monetary donations to the United Way will be accepted on-site.

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