Surrey Plants 75,000th Street Tree
May 9, 2014
Surrey, BC – Over 200 members of the East Clayton community joined together with City officials on Wednesday evening to celebrate the planting of Surrey’s 75,000th street tree on the boulevard in the 19500 block of 66 Avenue.
Three new Japanese Hornbeam trees were planted by a number of local children and their families while the crowd cheered them on and counted up to the 75,000th tree.
“The City of Surrey is committed in our environmental and beatification goals and each year we ensure that by planting new trees and setting aside about 100 acres of parkland each year,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “In addition to this wonderful milestone of 75,000 street trees in Surrey, I’m proud to say there are also an additional 18,000 park shade trees in our city.”
“Surrey is a city full of parks, natural areas and farmland – it is truly a ‘green’ city,” said Councillor Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “Planting 75,000 street trees is an impressive milestone, both from a beautification and an environmental standpoint.”
Surrey’s trees are a vital component of the City’s green infrastructure, providing shade for people in parks and on sidewalks, habitat for local wildlife, storm water retention, carbon sequestration, and clean air for our city.
This tree planting was part of Surrey’s 17th annual Environmental Extravaganza, and also included live entertainment, free refreshments, family activities, and information promoting the planting and care of trees throughout the City.
For more information about Surrey’s many environmental programs visit www.surrey.ca/environment
For event information contact: For interview requests contact:
Neal Aven Oliver Lum
Urban Forestry & Environmental Programs Manager Communications Manager
City of Surrey Office of the Mayor
604-501-5170 City of Surrey