TRURO – Truro residents are asked to participate in tree planting programs that will help spruce up the town.
This Norway spruce tree was one of many trees planted in Victoria Park within the past couple of years. Two tree-planting initiatives are taking place in Truro now, and depend on residents to take an active role in the programs. Submitted photo
The 2014 annual urban tree-planting programs are underway. The initiative focuses on two programs: the tree planting rebate and Do It Yourself programs.
The tree planting rebate program is only for Truro residents and encourages them to purchase and plant a tree and then call the town to receive a 50 per cent rebate on their purchases. People are eligible for the rebate by showing the town the receipt for the tree, up to a value of $50, and ensuring their purchase is a hardy species that should survive in this area. Participants can get as many as 10 trees in this program, which continues until Sept. 30.
The Do It Yourself program is open to all Colchester County residents and offers potted trees and shrubs for $10 each. Participants pay for approved species and order them through the town by May 23. The orders will be ready for pickup May 30.
Don Cameron, the town’s tree committee chairman, said there are many benefits to participating in the tree programs.
“We can all appreciate the beauty of trees and we take them for granted. We notice them when they are not there,” said Cameron.
“They provide aesthetic beauty, offer wildlife habitat, improve air quality, add value to properties and help with storm water (management), which in an area that is prone to flooding, that’s very important.”
Cameron said the “biggest challenge” is making residents aware of the programs.
“Most people then think it’s too good to be true but it’s not,” he said, adding once they learn more about the initiative they are eager to continue for years.
For a list of hardy trees and shrubs for this area, log onto
www.truro.ca/urban-tree-planting.html. To order trees or for more information call
893-6071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.