Green Your Sacred Space with Trees, Plants, & Other Gardening Initiatives !
Your congregation can contribute to your local community and the climate by planting native trees and plant species at your place of worship, on your personal property, or by participating in local community planting events.
Many regions have local initiatives for planting & gardening. Here are a few programs and services we have heard about:
Ecology Ottawa’s Tree Campaign is an all-inclusive, inter-generational, community-centred legacy to expand and care for Ottawa’s tree canopy. Know where to find them by following their Tree Giveaway Calendar!
The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation offers a Memorial Tree Program in memory of departed loved ones or friends. They plant healthy, locally-grown seedlings and look after them for several years on your behalf until they gradually take their place, without inscription, in a vibrant new forest of the future.
Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program is a tree planting program supported by the Government of Canada, corporate sponsors and donors. It increases forest cover by making tree planting easier and more affordable for property owners and municipalities.
In cooperation with the local Conservation Authorities and the Ottawa Stewardship Council, Green Acres provides incentive grants for over-the-counter orders of 500 or more seedlings in the amount of $0.20 per seedling. Through the Full-Service Program which requires 1,000 trees or more, the program will cover 50% of the total cost of the project in year 1 and will provide 75% of the future tending costs until year 5.
This government funded program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Over a period of 10 years, by 2031, up to $3.2 billion will be invested in tree planting efforts to support provinces, territories, third-party organizations (for and not-for profit) and Indigenous organizations to plant two billion trees across Canada.
Applications for 2022 are now closed, but more funding rounds will be available in the future.
An Ottawa organization that leads tree planting initiatives in Ottawa by running tree planting events, helping communities/organizations plant trees, arranging walking tours, and much more. They offer multiple projects and resources to help you get started.
Learn more about them and how you can get involved or volunteer on their website HERE!
Ottawa Wildflower Seed Library provides free seeds and plants that have been donated. They do this through a variety of events and donations.
Visit their WEBSITE to keep up with their giveaways and to check out the resources they offer about planting!
In 2021-22, they held 7 cross-city events and mailed seeds to approximately 200 different households, cottages, as well as schools, scout, church and hospice projects, which will result in a minimum of 22 500 new native plants (115 different species)
The Network of Nature is a national movement created to restore Canada’s biodiversity by motivating, educating and empowering individuals and organizations to plant locally appropriate native species.
Their website contains a platform / tool that you can use to search through a variety of plant species and learn more about them. You can narrow down your searches with specific filters in order to identify native plant species that are appropriate for your area and needs.
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