2021-2022 Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project

We have launched our 2021-2022 Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project, funded by the City of Ottawa Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP)! This project aims to build the capacity of community associations in Ottawa to engage with their residents and to contribute to regenerating the urban tree canopy in their own community. We are working with eight community associations on this project: Glebe, Hintonburg, Greater Avalon, Blackburn Hamlet, Champlain Park, Old Ottawa East, Alta Vista, and Queensway Terrace North. Along with the participating community associations, we are utilizing and promoting the existing City of Ottawa tree planting programs (e.g. Trees in Trust) for public spaces, such as front yard street allowance planting, and the Ecology Ottawa Tree Giveaway program for private spaces, such as backyard and side yard planting. For more information, contact project manager Shelby Howard at showard@cafesottawa.ca.

The tree cover (i.e. the total surface area of tree crowns) in the participating neighbourhoods as of 2017 is as follows (neighbourhood boundaries are taken from the 2016 Ottawa Neighbourhood Study and may go beyond boundaries recognized by individual community associations):

  • Glebe: 26%
  • Hintonburg: 19%
  • Greater Avalon: 6%*
  • Blackburn Hamlet: 33%
  • Champlain Park: 27%
  • Old Ottawa East: 24%
  • Alta Vista: 28%
  • Queensway Terrace North: 25%

*The boundaries have been revised to include the adjacent urban expansion area approved under the new Official Plan - this area includes a large extent of former farmlands.

If you would like to volunteer to help canvass neighbourhoods and promote the regeneration of the urban tree canopy throughout Ottawa in fall 2021 and/or spring 2022, please sign-up here!

Know of a location (e.g. front yard, park, school property) that could use a tree? Help CAFES identify plantable spaces for trees in Ottawa by adding the location to our interactive map!

Check out our Ottawa Urban Tree Manual - DRAFT October 2021.

For helpful canopy regeneration resources, click here.

See below for community association specific information, including aerial tree canopy cover maps (taken from 2017 aerial photography). Interactive map coming soon!

Glebe Community Association website

Glebe Canopy Regeneration Project website - check out what the GCA is doing!

Glebe Report - Preserving leafy-green Glebe streets for future generations

The Glebe Community Association Environment Committee - Tree Team completed their fall 2021 soft launch of community canvassing, to be continued in spring 2022. Check out their Instagram page for updates!

Queensway Terrace North Community Association website

The Queensway Terrace North Community Association Natural Environment Committee will be community canvassing in spring 2022.

Thank you Ecology Ottawa!

We would like to thank Ecology Ottawa, a partner on this project, for making trees and tree care information easily accessible to communities in Ottawa. They held three Tree Giveaways with community association's participating in our project in October. Tree saplings were handed out to residents in the communities of Greater Avalon, Hintonburg, and Blackburn Hamlet. We would also like to thank Ecology Ottawa for donating the leftover tree saplings from the 2021 Tree Giveaway season to CAFES. Approximately 400 tree saplings were made available to community associations participating in our project. These saplings are being used for a variety of activities, including planting on a school property, community canvassing, and planting at a park.

Our Executive Director, Angela and Board Member, Dinah gearing up to canvas the Glebe with Ecology Ottawa saplings!

Little Forests Workshop

Check out our Little Forests Workshop with Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardener Joyce Hostyn. Learn about Little Forests, an earth-centric approach to landscaping that helps restore our relationship with the natural world.

City of Ottawa Trees in Trust Program

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