Re-leaf Niagara is an urban, community program aimed to increase the urban canopy of our cities. Our own native nursery trees are matched with community mentors and tree recipients who provide the sites for planting.
In 2016 Land Care Niagara was awarded a three year Grow Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The goal of this grant awarded was/ is to increase the community’s urban canopy through education and engagement, using trees from our very own Re-Leaf Nursery. Encouraging people to support a healthy and sustainable environment, this initiative is helping people participate in ecosystem conservation and restoration efforts, and has an impact on the lives of community members.
Locations where trees have been planted thanks to partner groups and organizations are:
- 3 Areas along Walker’s Creek (2016,2017, 2018)
- Rotary Park, St.Catharines (2017)
- Various Niagara Falls Schools (2017,2018, 2019)
- Niagara Falls Arbor Day tree planting events (2016, 2017, 2018)
- Beamsville Lions Memorial Forest (2017)
Each year Land Care Niagara Provides trees for the City of Niagara Fall’s Schools in Bloom project which gives schools across the city the opportunity to participate in rewarding activities to landscape their schoolyard areas and learn about the importance of plants and trees.
Trees are also donated to the Niagara Envirothon North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. The donation of a tree for their school grounds commends them on their environmental awareness and encourages them to help create a sustainable community.