Markham’s Trees for Tomorrow Program makes other municipalities green with envy.
In 2007, Markham’s Trees for Tomorrow Program was created by Mayor Frank Scarpitti and council, with a goal of planting more than 75,000 trees over the four-year period marked by the end of 2010.
The program was a huge success. More than 155,000 trees were planted by the end of 2010 and almost 350,000 trees were planted by the end of 2016.
The 2017 Trees for Tomorrow program incorporates Canada 150 themed activities. The city will be planting 150 native Canadian trees in 150 parks across all eight city wards by Canada Day, and will also be giving away 150 small trees at select city-sponsored special events throughout the year, and at various Markham Tree Talks sessions.
“Come join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Trees for Tomorrow program. I want to thank the over 3,000 volunteers who have now planted one new tree for each person in Markham,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We are aiming to plant 10,000 trees this year to further restore the natural habitat and continue to make Markham a green city leader.”
Join the mayor and councillors as they kick off this year’s 10,000 trees event Apr. 23, starting at 9am.
The restoration takes place at the south-west corner of McCowan Road and Hwy 7, south of the strip plazas.
Visit 10000trees.com for details.