Once again a team of volunteers together with our summer students will be working in the field collecting data about the trees in Elora and Fergus. Again this year we will be re-visiting street blocks we inspected in 2010 and tackling fresh blocks. Not only do we gather data about our trees – such as their health, diversity, and location – but this is an excellent opportunity to meet with homeowners to talk about their trees, help answer questions and of course, and sing the praises of their trees. This year, we are going high-tech – by inputting data into our new tablet, instead using paper and clipboards!
Monthly Archives: May 2017
Our newest volunteer program is about to get underway. The volunteers have been trained by arborist Chris Morrison this past week and are ready to hit the street of Fergus and Elora and prune some trees!
Many of you will be familiar with our Tree Inventory program, but this year we decided to turn things up a notch and introduce a pilot project – which has only been organized once before in Thunder Bay – Citizen Pruners.
The goal of Citizen Pruners is to educate a group of volunteers on how to properly prune and maintain a tree. Over the years, NeighbourWoods has planted many trees in our community, but tree care does not stop there. It is extremely important to prune young trees – before small problems grow into bigger problems; and want our trees to last as long as possible in our urban environment. So, that means pruning is a necessity!
Our group of volunteers spent two nights last week learning about tree anatomy and proper pruning technique with arborist Chris Morrison; and with one more field-training night, the eve of pruning is upon us!
So, throughout the months of June and July, a team of 20 volunteers and 4 arborists will be going around Fergus and Elora, wearing orange t-shirts and pruning the young trees – which will help support their healthy growth in the future.
Make sure to stay tuned for more news about our Citizen Pruners Team!