TD Green Streets plants the roots for a greener Surrey
October 19, 2015
Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey has been selected by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada to receive a $13,095 TD Green Streets Project grant for its 2015 urban forestry program. The funds will be used to plant 100 fruit trees and shrubs across the city’s community gardens, as well as hosting workshops on proper tree planting and pruning, harvesting and cooking with the food produced. The Project officially kicked off with a family-friendly launch event on Saturday afternoon.
Giving residents the opportunity to grow food has benefits beyond harvesting a crop; it also provide education opportunities to learn about the benefits of sustainability, urban agriculture and cultivating the city’s urban forest.
“I would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada for making this investment into Surrey,” said City of Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “Surrey is a city rich in natural and forested areas, and continued investment into sustainable resources like this helps to ensure that generations will benefit for years to come.”
“The goal of TD Green Streets is to encourage the adoption of leading-edge practices in municipal forests, and we want to commend the City of Surrey for developing a plan that will provide such a great enhancement to the environment,” said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “The plantings will provide habitat and food for wildlife and improve air quality, as well as promote community involvement in the protection and preservation of our urban forest.”
“We congratulate the City of Surrey for developing an initiative that will create an important green space in their community,” says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “We’re pleased that we have been able to support the efforts of the City of Surrey and we look forward to seeing their plan come to life.”
The City of Surrey was chosen for this grant as one of 22 recipient municipalities from over 125 applications to the program. TD Green Streets is open to Canadian municipalities, First Nations communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. Submissions are reviewed by regional Tree Canada Advisers, Board Members, urban forest practitioners and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation representatives based on innovation, community involvement and technical expertise.
For more information on the TD Green Streets, visit www.tdgreenstreets.ca
Photo (L-R): Bruce Gray, TD Canada District Vice President for Surrey/Delta; Councillor Bruce Hayne, City of Surrey; Robyn Mooney, Tree Canada.
For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Manager of Landscape Operations &
City of Surrey
Director of Communications & Program Development
613-567-5545 ext. 224