Volunteers plant trees earlier this month as part of a City of Nanaimo initiative. (City of Nanaimo photo)

City holds ‘relay’ to plant 600 trees and shrubs in Nanaimo

Trees were planted along Chase River and at Third Street Park

  • Nov. 30, 2020 12:00 a.m.

The City of Nanaimo did some tree-planting to try to green up the city leading up to Earth Day next spring.

Six hundred trees and shrubs were planted in green spaces during November, according to a press release from the city, as part of a “tree-planting relay.”

The release noted that cities across Canada have pledged to plant trees leading up to April 22, 2021, which will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The city says during November, about 250 trees and 350 shrubs were planted, including Douglas fir, red alder, big-leaf maple, giant sequoia, Nootka rose, Oregon grape and snowberry. The release says planting trees highlights the city’s “dedication to addressing climate change” and reiterates a commitment to sustainability.

“With COVID-19, the City of Nanaimo was unable to have its usual Earth Day celebration,” said Deborah Beck, recreation coordinator, in the release. “This tree-planting relay is a great opportunity to still do our part to make Nanaimo greener and re-commit to being sustainable as we do our part to reduce our impact on the environment.”

High school and university students planted the trees and shrubs along the Chase River and in Third Street Park.

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