Latest Event Updates

TreeKeepers to Launch on June 5th!

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Have you heard about the new Oakville TreeKeepers program? The program is being designed to facilitate local urban forest stewards, such as yourself, carrying-out small stewardship events in greenspaces that are in need of some TLC.

TreeKeepers will launch on Sunday, June 5th during Oakvillegreen’s tree planting at Pelee Woods from 1pm-3pm with snacks provided by Whole Foods. Come out to join Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, and the Town of Oakville at a Tree Planting Event in a small but significant urban woodland.

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Following our launch on June 5th, the next TreeKeepers event will be on Saturday, June 11th at Perkin’s Passage. At this urban woodland, we’ll be removing invasive species (buckthorn and garlic mustard) and re-planting with native species. It will be from 9am – noon with refreshments provided.

If you have questions, want to sign up for TreeKeepers, or have a particular forest area or greenspace in mind that you would like to work in this summer, contact Oakvillegreen’s Urban Forest Stewardship Coordinator: oakvilletreekeepers@gmail.com

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Another Great Treeplanting (in the Rain)

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On Saturday May 14th, despite the rain and cool weather, over 100 volunteers helped us plant 200 trees and remove invasive garlic mustard and buckthorn along the trail adjacent to Munn’s Creek.

Originating in the Trafalgar Moraine, Munn’s Creek is one of Oakville’s important urban creeks. Munn’s Creek receives storm sewer runoff at various points along its course and ultimately flows into Sixteen Mile Creek and then Lake Ontario.  Munn’s Creek, at this location (behind River Oaks Community Centre), is almost devoid of native tree cover and moves in a wide undefined channel.  Tree planting at this location helps to filter urban run-off and provides a healthier creek and riparian buffer habitat and improves biodiversity.  Earlier in the year, Siemens Canada and Tree Canada also planted 500 trees at this site (on the west side of Munn’s Creek)!

Thank you to all the committed volunteers who came out on Saturday. Thanks especially to the Oakville Jiu Jiu Seniors Association, the United Way Oakville GenNext Team, students from Holy Trinity and St. Thomas Aquinas and the many other families and individuals who joined us!  We also want to thank the Town of Oakville Parks and Open Space Department and their helpful staff for continuing to support our community tree planting efforts and Conservation Halton for lending us several ExtractigatorsTM for buckthorn removal!

If you missed this tree planting event, please plan to join us June 5th at Pelee Woods!

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Attempting to organize such a large group of tree planting volunteers for a group photo is always a welcome challenge!
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A truckload of the invasive shrub – European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartic) was removed and sent off to be chipped!

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Native Tree & Pollinator Garden Kit Sale Wraps

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WOW, over 400 native trees, shrubs, milkweed and pollinator garden kits are off to their new owners in Oakville!

Thank you to all those who helped make our native tree and pollinator garden kit sale a success in 2016! We look forward to next year and are thrilled that these new trees and plants will be adding to our urban forest canopy cover, increasing biodiversity and helping pollinators! Thanks also to TreeMobile for bringing fruit tree sales to Oakville.

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LAST CHANCE FOR MORE MILKWEED!

Due to such a high demand for butterfly milkweed, we will be ordering in another batch for sale at our Giant Community Garage Sale on May 28th at Town Hall parking lot. First come, first served for $10 butterfly milkweed. Quantities Limited.

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