We have launched our 2021 Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Initiative! We are aiming 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 initiative: 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.
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):
*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 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.
For helpful canopy regeneration resources, click here.
See below for community association specific information:
Thank you Ecology Ottawa!
We would like to thank Ecology Ottawa, a partner on this initiative, 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 initiative 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 initiative. 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