Through our TreeCycle program, we encourage Londoners to pot up extra trees from their yard and donate them to us for our Million Tree Challenge projects! We use these trees in a variety of our initiatives, including our Neighbourhood ReLeaf and Park Naturalization programs.
Many of the trees we receive through this program come from homeowners’ flower beds. These trees are often self-seeded and need to be removed; however, some plants we receive have been grown by local seed collectors or local businesses. Two businesses in particular, Winmar and State Farm, even held tree growing competitions at their offices!
Donating trees is a great way to reuse any unwanted, non-invasive tree, and it contributes to a healthy, sustainable future. In return for their trees, donors receive a charitable tax receipt of $10 per tree. It’s a win-win-win for trees, Londoners and the Forest City!
Donating Tree Requirements:
- Trees that are donated need to be non-invasive, preferably native trees. Please label the tree if you know what it is.
- Plants from yards or greenhouses only. Please do not dig plants out of woodlands or other natural areas for the purpose of making a donation through TreeCycle.
- They need to be 1 foot tall (12 inches) or greater.
- Root Ball: When digging your tree out, please try to retain as much of the rootball as possible. Roots are essential to the tree’s survival.
- Please pot up your tree one week in advance so you’ll be able to tell if the transplant was successful before bringing it to our office.
*If you need extra pots, please give us a call to find out how you can pick some up. Phone: 519-936-9548 X 232.
When to Donate
We hold TreeCycle events twice a year, once in May and once in September. Please check our Events page for any upcoming TreeCycle events, or sign up for our monthly newsletter (below) to get up-to-date information.
If you have any questions about our TreeCycle initiative or if you need to pick up some pots, please contact our Environmental Programs Coordinator Sara Patterson at [email protected] or by phone at 519-936-9548 X 232.