Hundreds of shrubs and trees are destined to be planted in Winnipeg green spaces this year as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.
On Saturday, the city announced it’s been awarded a $1,600 grant that will go toward planting an additional 200 trees and 200 shrubs throughout 2017.
The grant is funded by the federal government to celebrate Canada’s 150th and was awarded by Tree Canada. It was announced with a tree planting at Winnipeg’s Glengarry Park Saturday morning.
“The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada,” said Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian heritage, in a written statement Saturday.
The city also received a $25,000 grant from CN Rail’s EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program, also sponsored by Tree Canada. The program helps fund green additions to city property, focusing on communities where CN operates.
“We are grateful to receive this funding which will allow the city to work with community groups to beautify neighbourhoods and promote volunteer efforts to improve the tree canopy in Winnipeg,” said Coun. Matt Allard, acting deputy mayor, in the city’s release.
“As part of this project, the city will develop a stock of native trees and shrubs and continue to preserve our unique natural heritage.”
The grants will be used for tree-planting projects with community groups, the city said. The goal is to establish natural forest areas by propagating trees and shrubs in existing natural heritage areas.
Interested community groups will be chosen on a first come, first-served basis. They can contact 311 for more information.