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  • Newmarket plants 500+ trees this season

    Created: Tuesday, December 15, 2020

    ​Newmarket plants 500+ trees this season 

    This season, Town of Newmarket staff and its contractor have planted approximately 200 trees along the streets throughout Town and 300+ trees in the following parks:
    • Leslie Valley Park
    • Red Deer Open Space
    • Willowick Park
    • Rene Bray Park
    • Whipper Billy Watson Park 
    “Council is committed to increasing our tree canopy coverage in Newmarket as trees play a vital role in our community and in our fight against climate change.” says Mayor John Taylor. “Trees provide stormwater management benefits, remove pollutants from the air and help to decrease energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). It is our goal to protect existing trees and increase the Town’s tree canopy coverage in woodlots by 13 per cent by 2035 and increase our overall tree coverage by 35 per cent by 2051 as laid out in our Urban Forestry Management Plan.”
     
    Over the past several years, due to the invasive species Emerald Ash Borer, the Town has had to remove many ash trees in our community. In an effort to replace trees that were removed, the Town is now replanting over 13 species of trees to help grow Newmarket’s tree canopy.
     
    Species being planted this season include:
    • Shademaster Locust **
    • Linden **
    • Freemanii Maple
    • Red Oak
    • Horse Chestnut **
    • English Oak
    • Northern Catalpa **
    • Tulip Tree **
    • Sugar Maple
    • Silver Maple
    • Bur Oak
    • London Plane Tree
    • Ornamental Pear **
    ** Trees for pollinators
     
    As the Town of Newmarket is Canada’s 14th Bee City in Canada and committed to protecting pollinators, many of the tree species being planted are pollinator friendly and are less susceptible to invasive species. 
     
    For more information about trees in Newmarket, visit newmarket.ca/trees