As the summer season winds down and we prepare for another busy fall full of planting events, nature walks and more, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve accomplished together in the past few months.
This summer, with the help of some amazing volunteers, we:
- Started a new tree monitoring program and monitored the health and growth of trees in 5 of our restoration sites across Oakville
- Gave hundreds of trees new mulch donuts through our 4 public Tree Care Days
- Did some much-needed maintenance at 2 school pollinator gardens (as well as our 2 demonstration gardens)
- Organized another wonderful ‘Tour de Trees’ with Cycle Oakville and MP Pam Damoff
- Worked with youth groups and camps to plant pollinator plants, remove invasive species, mulch more trees, learn about tree monitoring, make seed bombs (and many other shapes!), map/monitor invasive species using EDDMapS and learn all about nature!
While we often pay a lot of attention to tree planting in the spring and fall, these other stewardship activities are just as important! Tree ‘aftercare’ including mulching, monitoring and watering is really important for ensuring that those little trees survive so they can become a valuable part of our urban forest! We want to make sure the hard work of all of our volunteer planters is rewarded with a beautiful, healthy canopy.
Thank you to everyone who has been a steward of nature in Oakville this summer – either at our events or through your own individual actions. You are TREE-mendous!