What we’re doing

Tree Inventory

DSC_0243Since 2009, NeighbourWoods has been inventorying trees in Centre Wellington to learn more about the trees growing in our community. To date we have looked at more than 11,000 trees.

Celebration Trees

img_603Celebration Trees is a flagship program of NeighbourWoods, in partnership with CW Parks Department. Citizens can participate directly in green and shade our parks with native trees. To date, more than 100 trees have been added to our parks. Thank you to Paul Mitchell and his volunteer committee who manage this popular program.

Citizen Pruner

Unchecked architecture is one reason trees fail. Pruning is essential for a young tree to grow into adulthood – and we want our trees to live as long as possible. Thanks to a grant from the Canadian Tree Fund, Neighbourwoods on the Grand is very excited to introduce our brand-new pilot program – Citizen Pruners. Only having been done once before in Thunder Bay, Citizen Pruners aims to prune the urban trees in our community.

Public Education

A big part of our job is to raise public awareness about the value and importance of trees.  They really ARE super heros in our community, providing a long list of  valuable benefits.  Trees are important components of our green infrastructure helping mitigate storm water run off, shade pavement and extending its life and removing air pollution particulate.

Meet Our Summer Students

Brenda Martinez

Hi! my name is Brenda Martinez, I am a Trent University student taking Environmental Science and Biology. I really enjoy doing outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and outdoor rock climbing. I believe trees are an important part of our ecology. Working with Neighbourwoods has allowed me to share my passion for trees and get involved with the community.

Shayna Manser

Hi! My name is Shayna and I am the Marketing and Promotions summer student this year. This is my first year working with Neighbourwoods. I am in third-year Civil Engineering at McMaster University. I love anything outdoors and active and artsy. 

Jaimie McDonald

Hi! My name is Jaimie and I’m going into third-year at Queen’s University studying English Literature. I have a passion for the environment and have always loved trees. This is my second Summer working for Neighbourwoods in Tree Inventory. 

Charlotte Rumbell

I’m Charlotte and this is my second summer working at Neighbourwoods and coordinating the Citizen Pruner program. I am a second-year student at McMaster University studying socio-cultural anthropology. I always enjoy being outdoors and love to horseback ride, canoe, and hike. 

The Bigger the Tree the Better!

We advocate for large stature trees whenever possible: Here’s why!
A marked difference between shade, cooling, habitat and frankly beauty.

Big trees offering shade to both the road and sidewalk
Big trees offering shade to both the road and sidewalk
Small trees do not benefit the neighbourhood nearly as much as large, mature trees do
Small trees do not benefit the neighbourhood nearly as much as large, mature trees do

Our Roots

Old tree in 2005!
Old tree in 2005!

It started with the sad decline of the Norway Spruce tree in front of the Municipal Centre in Elora. For years, it had served as the town’s much-loved Christmas tree, where the community gathered for its ceremonial lighting, hot chocolate and carols.

By 2005, it became clear that a new tree was the only solution and a collective effort to replace it was launched.  Centre Wellington Public Works removed the old tree,  the Grand River Conservation Authority donated a healthy new native white spruce and Centre Wellington Hydro funded the cost of spading in our new tree.

Community fanfare and celebration welcomed the tree on Earth Day 2006.

And with it, NeighbourWoods  was established as the Urban Forest branch of the Elora Environment Centre.

New tree in 2016!
New tree in 2016!
Brett and Kathy picking our tree
Brett and Kathy picking our tree
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