It’s NeighbourWoods 10th anniversa-tree!

February 4, 2019

What starts out eight-feet tall, can grow up to 80-feet tall and can absorb one ton of CO2 in its lifetime? A NeighbourWoods tree, of course! So no matter which NeighbourWoods tree residents choose to purchase this year, they’ll be contributing to the improvement of our community’s air quality, among other things.

“For every $1 invested in urban forest management, up to $3 in benefits are returned to residents through increased property values, removal of air pollutants, and energy savings through shade,” said Andrew Hunsberger, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “Trees are essentially large natural filters that take up pollutants in the air, water and soil and convert them into shade, oxygen and humidity.”

Starting Saturday, February 9, Kelowna residents are invited to purchase one of the six tree varieties at a cost of $40 + GST. The six tree varieties include the Autumn Blaze Maple, Carnival Hedge Maple, Japanese Tree Lilac, Prairie Stature Oak, Redpointe Maple, or the Tuxedo White Ash.

This is the tenth anniversary of the NeighbourWoods program in Kelowna so stay tuned for fun and interactive contests where you could win a NeighbourWoods prize package.

Ordering a NeighbourWoods tree is as easy as one, two, tree:

  • View the six tree descriptions online at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods.
  • Order the tree of choice starting Saturday, February 9 at 8:30 a.m. online at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods, by calling 250-469-8800 to pay by credit card, or by visiting the friendly staff at Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) where cash, debit or credit is accepted.
  • Pick up the tree at the NeighbourWoods event on Saturday, April 13 at the Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Drive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residents must bring ID or proof of Kelowna residency and a vehicle that is appropriate for transporting a tree.

To pre-order online, residents must have an active online recreation account or can set one up by calling 250-469-8800. There is a limited number of each tree species. A total of 600 trees will be available for purchase until sold out.

The program is restricted to Kelowna residents and is limited to one tree per household.

For more information about Urban Forestry and the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods.