NEIGHBOURWOODS FOR YOUR STREET FRONTAGE
Mount Royal has been chosen for the City of Calgary Neighbourwoods Program for 2014. This partnership between community and city is an effort to replenish the tree canopy. It’s a once in a generation opportunity. The City does the hard work; you just water new trees by filling the watering bag attached to each tree to assure success. What’s not to love!?
Get full details and sign up at calgary.ca/neighbourwoods
Michael Alkema, environmental educator for Neighbour Woods program, discusses two potted sample trees behind him with Mt Royal resident Jeff Nichols.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
As long as you are resident in Upper or Lower Mt Royal, you can participate. Any renter or owner of a single family dwelling, any renter in, or owner of, an apartment building or condominium complex, can participate. The only requirement is that you live on the premises and are willing to care for the tree. If you move out of those premises, the City asks that you inform the landlord so that new tenants can be asked to water the trees.
WHERE CAN TREES BE PLANTED?
Neighbourwoods Trees can be planted ONLY on City property in front and beside your residence near the street.
WHAT ARE THE TREES LIKE?
Trees are 5-7 feet tall, depending on species, with a retail value is $200 or more. A wide variety of tree choices can be viewed online at
HOW MANY TREES CAN I GET?
You may be eligible for multiple trees; the limiting factor is available space.
CAN I REPLACE A DYING TREE?
The City may remove existing dead or dying trees and grind out stumps to make way for new trees on a case by case basis. You can sign up for the program and discuss this with the City gardening expert during the site visit.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You sign up for the program by calling 311 or go online to calgary.ca/neighbourwoods. The sign up deadline is March 31, 2014. You commit to water and monitor your new tree regularly for five summers and pay a nominal $30 per tree participation fee. Each tree comes with a watering bag, so you just keep the the bag filled with water in warm weather.
Long before the planting day, a City gardening expert will meet with you at your home to discuss what tree species you want and where trees can be planted with regards to property lines, underground infrastructure, etc. YOU are not required to know ANYTHING. The City will do all these “underground locates” prior to the visit. The City expert will come armed with all necessary information to help you make good decisions. Once you and the gardening expert decide how many trees your space accomodates, you can pay your $30 per tree participation fee by check or cash to the Mount Royal Community Association which will pay the City for the total trees to be planted in Mount Royal.
A week before the planting day, the City will dig every tree hole by machine and lightly back fill them so that no one falls into one before trees are planted. On planting day, in June or September 2014, you will come to a central neighbourhood location to collect your tree and go through a short educational presentation. You can then take your tree home to plant. Neighbourhood volunteers will be available with trucks, shovels and muscle if you need help with transportation or planting.
WHAT I MUST KNOW?
Not much! You don’t need to know where your property line is, what property belongs to the City, or where the gas or water lines run. The City gardening expert will figure out all of that. You don’t even need to know how to care for a tree. You will be taught all that. You won’t be left on your own. If the tree looks stressed, you call 311 for on site help. The City will assist if tree dies. Your only obligation is to fill the water bag regularly and monitor the tree.
TO SIGN UP (REGISTRATION FORM)
FOR MORE DETAILS (home page of calgary.ca/neighbourwoods)
Neighbourwoods Get Trees