Expanding Guelph's tree canopy from 23 to 40 per cent will be no easy feat. It will take a partnership between the City of Guelph, the community, developers and businesses to achieve this ambitious target over the next 11 years.
In 2021, the City was able to expand its urban forest with help from CN and Tree Canada's Ecoconnexions, From the Ground Up initiative which replaced ash and hazard trees that had to be removed from Peter Misersky Park. On October 8, 2021, the City received a $25,000 grant which led to the planting of 240 trees.
Community members volunteered on October 16 to plant smaller tree species to help green their local park, while Mayor Cam Guthrie was on hand to accept a plaque from Tree Canada. The plaque will be installed in the park as a reminder of what community partnerships can achieve when they work together.