Governments all around the world are realizing the urgent need to prioritize sustainability and support greener communities in an era where climate change and environmental issues have taken center stage. In the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), the local government is launching a game-changing Tree Giveaway Program to provide residents the opportunity to directly contribute to the development of a more sustainable future.
The HRM Government, motivated by a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, has started this creative tree giveaway initiative with the goal of tackling several ecological issues and giving locals a special chance to help preserve their natural surroundings. Since trees are essential to the survival of our world, this effort not only provides a way to improve the aesthetic appeal of our neighborhoods but also ensures that the environment and its residents will benefit in the long run.
The HRM Tree Giveaway, which is based on the idea that small deeds may have a big impact, is evidence of the government’s commitment to encouraging sustainable behaviors locally. The government hopes to instill a sense of environmental ownership and civic duty in its population by actively incorporating them in this project, encouraging a group effort towards a greener future.
The effort will be led by the urban forestry team of the government. There will be a variety of tree species available, including a small number of fruit trees that can be eaten. One tree per person or one tree per household is the maximum allowed for the giveaway. Given the anticipated large turnout, people waiting in line will receive tickets that will serve as a reminder when supplies are out.
The municipality has already planted more than 2,600 trees in 2023 in support of HalifACT and the Urban Forest Master Plan. Everyone is contributing to the development of our urban forest through municipal investment and involvement, assisting in the achievement of the significant climate goals established in Halifax’s climate action plan.
You can support the JustFOOD Action Plan and help ensure food security in the Halifax Regional Municipality by planting, maintaining, and harvesting fruit trees. The Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax Food Policy Alliance are co-leading the JustFOOD Action Plan. Together, they provide the framework for the alliances and teamwork required to broaden access to wholesome food and bolster our local food system.
There will be two schedules for the Tree Giveaway Activity. First schedule is on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 9 a.m. at the Mackintosh Depot, 3800 Mackintosh Street, Halifax. Next schedule will be on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Stone Ridge Fellowship Church parking lot, 85 Temple Terrace, Lower Sackville.
Learn more about this government initiative at https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/streets-sidewalks/urban-forestry/tree-giveaway