Town of Fort Erie is getting greener one tree at a time

A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.

That proverb was put into practice last weekend when the Town of Fort Erie gave away nearly 800 trees, including white pine, spruce, redbud, and red maples.

Credit: Town of Fort Erie | Facebook

Town staff, volunteers from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, and the Fort Erie Horticultural Society helped run the event.

Organizers thanked every resident who came out and gave a second thanks to residents who remembered to bring donations for Community Outreach Program Erie (COPE).

“The annual tree giveaway introduces over 800 new trees into our community each spring. We are committed to protecting and preserving our natural heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop.

“In March 2024, council introduced a bylaw to reduce the unnecessary destruction, injuring and removal of healthy trees.”

Kevin Beauchamp, manager of communications for the Town of Fort Erie, said the tree giveaway dates back to 2018.

He said this year the Town purchased 830 trees with all but 50 being given away last Saturday, May 11.

“This initiative was first considered during the height of the emerald ash borer devastation,” said Beauchamp in reference to the green beetle species that has destroyed over 20 million ash trees in North America.

“The Town replants trees on public lands, however, we recognize that many private trees were also lost,” he said.

“There simply isn’t enough public land to plant as many trees as our community needs. Residential tree planting is an integral part of a sustainable and healthy community.”

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