October 1, 2017

Tree sale aims to restore Vancouver’s canopy

The Vancouver Park Board’s annual tree sale is underway. The board has 1,500 trees available online for $10 each. The tree sales are part of the board’s effort to help restore Vancouver’s tree canopy, which has been declining since the 1990s. Since the first tree sale in 2015, Vancouverites have purchased more than 9,000 discounted trees. With more than 60 per cent of Vancouver residents living in apartments, the sale now includes seven varieties of trees that thrive in pots and are suitable for balconies, a report by the Vancouver Courier says. In 1995, more than 22 per cent of the city was covered in trees. By 2013 that number had dropped to 18 per cent. The park board will measure the canopy cover again next year.