Tree-mendous news: NeighbourWoods is back
**Correction (Aug. 31, 8:33 a.m.): NeighbourWoods pre-sales open September 1 at 8 a.m.
NeighbourWoods is back for a second time this year! Residents will have another opportunity to help grow and preserve Kelowna’s urban forest by ordering a new tree for their yard. Trees are available for pre-order now until Sept. 17, or until they are sold out. Kelowna residents are invited to purchase one of the six tree varieties at a cost of $50 + GST. This season’s varieties include the Galaxy Magnolia, Galilean Kousa Dogwood, Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac, Magyar Gingko, Northern Herald® Redbud and the Redpointe® Maple. There is a limited number of each species and a total of 350 trees available for purchase. Please note that trees are restricted to one per household per year due to demand. If you purchased a NeighbourWoods tree earlier this year, you are not eligible for a fall tree. “We are so happy to be able to offer our NeighbourWoods program for second time this year,” said Tara Bergeson, Urban Forestry Technician. “Due to supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we weren’t able to secure as many trees as usual this past spring, but this has actually worked out in our favour. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, due to the cooler weather. We hope residents will join us in our goal of becoming a greener city by increasing our urban tree canopy.” Ordering a NeighbourWoods tree is as easy as one, two, tree:
- View the six tree descriptions online at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods
- Order your tree of choice online at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods or with a credit card by calling 250-469-8800. To register online, residents must have an active online recreation account. Set one up by calling 250-469-8800.
Due to COVID-19 restricting in-person gatherings, the usual tree pickup event is cancelled. Trees will instead be delivered to residents’ homes on October 7 or 8. More information about delivery can be found at kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods. Residents looking for compost to help with planting their new tree or for winterizing gardens can visit the Glenmore Landfill where GlenGrow and OgoGrow composts are available for purchase. Learn more about composting and how to satisfy your soil at kelowna.ca/compost. For more information about the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/neighbourwoods.