Planting Guelph's tree canopy - one grant and tree at a time

Community members planting trees in Peter Misersky Park

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.

Related resources

Urban Forest Management Plan

Additional 2021 highlights

A person filling a reusable water bottle at a kitchen sink

Local drinking water protected with Province’s support

In December 2021, the Province of Ontario approved the City of Guelph’s request to adjust its municipal boundaries to include the Dolime Quarry lands.

Local drinking water protected with Province’s support
Group of people standing in front of a bus that says "Going electric"

Bringing electric buses to Guelph

The City of Guelph is one step closer in its efforts to reach 100 per cent renewable energy use by 2040 with the purchase of four electric buses.

Bringing electric buses to Guelph