Tree Planting for Earth Day
Have you signed up to plant a tree or two for Earth Day on Apr. 23? Residents of all ages are invited to celebrate Earth Day by helping to plant more native trees and remove invasive plants at Coutts Park on Apr. 23 as part of Port Coquitlam’s new Greener City outreach initiative.
Held at 1070 Coutts Way, the work party is another pilot project that aims to engage the community in meeting Port Coquitlam’s environmental commitments. Those interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register at portcoquitlam.ca/greenercity to enable organizers to prepare adequate supplies.
The Greener City event will be held on Saturday Apr. 23 rain or shine from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m.
This event is a follow up to the excellent stewardship work the community did in fall of 2021 and earlier this spring to remove Himalayan blackberry and plant 150+ native trees and shrubs.
The intent is to plant more native plants and trees, including Vine and Bigleaf Maple, Douglas and Grand Fir, Red Alder, Birch, Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Pacific Crab Apple, Bitter Cherry, Beaked Hazelnut and Black Hawthorne. Blackberry and other invasive plant species will also be removed.
Participants should come prepared with gloves and appropriate outdoor footwear and clothing. The City will provide shovels, water and snacks, although recommends participants bring their own shovels if they have one.
Each work party will begin with an orientation of the work site as well as instruction on tree planting and identifying and removing invasive plants. Staff will be on hand throughout the event to assist and guide participants. An information tent with an educational display will also be set up in the park.
People of all ages may sign up, but children ages 12 or less must be accompanied by an adult.
Based on the feedback and public interest, the City continues to add more Greener City work parties on a regular basis in other City parks and green spaces in the future.
For more information or to sign up, visit portcoquitlam.ca/greenercity.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam