A Growing Success: CVC’s Free Tree Giveaway

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is encouraging homeowners to take advantage of its free Tree Giveaway program, open to all residents in Mississauga while supplies last. 

“Planting a tree in your yard is an easy way to add value and beauty to your home while benefiting the environment. Trees offer shelter and food for birds, pollinators and animals we love. They also provide privacy, cooling shade, help address the climate change emergency and even improve our health.”

Melanie Kramer, Senior Coordinator of Residential Outreach at CVC

This spring CVC planted approximately 200 trees on urban home properties and over 100 more trees have already been ordered for this fall. The goal is to plant 400 trees in neighbourhoods with low tree cover in Mississauga. Residents can still book their planting service for the fall.

Staff from CVC’s Home Planting Team will deliver your free tree and assist with planting in the best spot so it will thrive. They’ll also teach you how to plant any additional trees and provide after-care instructions for homeowners. Additional trees can be purchased at the time of your free tree order.

This year, CVC received funding from the federal government to become a local partner in its 2 Billion Trees program, which promises to plant two billion trees throughout the country by 2030. CVC’s 2023 Home Tree Giveaway is also funded in part by the City of Mississauga.

“Healthy and thriving trees are vital to our communities. We’re focusing our efforts in neighbourhoods based on current CVC and City of Mississauga priorities to best address issues like climate change and flood resilience. Each tree planted in Mississauga counts towards the city’s goal to plant one million trees by 2032,” says Lisa Brusse, Manager of Landowner Engagement and Stewardship at CVC.

Homeowners can visit cvc.ca/TreeGiveaway to order their free tree.

The CVC team will also be hosting a related ‘Caring for Your Yard’ webinar on September 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. This free webinar will provide environmentally-friendly yard and garden care tips to help prepare for winter and keep your yard flourishing year-round. Register at cvc.ca/events.

Credit Valley Conservation is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. Our watershed is defined by the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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