Celebrate Earth Day at the NeighbourWoods event

April 19, 2017
Public service announcement

The City of Kelowna’s annual residential planting initiative, NeighbourWoods, is wrapping up for the season with the tree pickup event this Saturday to help celebrate Earth Day. Interested residents have until 3 p.m. Thursday to pre-order a tree.

Trees can be purchased online at kelowna.ca/parks under NeighbourWoods or by calling 250-469-8800 to pay by credit card, or by visiting the friendly staff at Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) for cash, debit or credit. There are small quantities of four different tree varieties remaining including the Ivory Silk Lilac, Northwood Red Maple, Regal Prince English Oak and the Bloodgood London Planetree. 

“NeighbourWoods is part of the City’s strategy to grow Kelowna’s urban tree canopy,” said Andrew Hunsberger, Urban Forest Health Technician. “The program proves to be very popular every year as more than 3,000 discounted trees have been purchased to be planted on residential properties since 2010.”

On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, up to 500 trees will be picked up, taken home and planted by Kelowna residents, helping to grow our urban canopy and improve air quality. Those who have pre-ordered a NeighbourWoods tree are reminded to bring their receipt, an appropriate vehicle, and proof that they are a Kelowna resident.

Date:                                    Saturday, April 22
Time:                                    9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:                           Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Drive (enter off Gordon and Lequime)

The program is restricted to Kelowna residents and has a limit of one tree per household. Trees that are not picked up during the event will be donated to the City of Kelowna and planted on City property. The City of Kelowna’s Park Services would like to thank the volunteers from the Morningside Rotary Club for their assistance during the event.

City staff will be on hand to answer questions about gardening, as well as tree health and maintenance. A how-to video for planting trees is also available at kelowna.ca/parks under NeighbourWoods.