An environmental and social justice group is hoping to partner with the city to build Hamilton’s urban tree canopy.
OPIRG McMaster recently went door-to-door in the Keith Neighbourhood to raise awareness about the city’s tree planting program, and it signed up 53 residents to plant trees on their properties.
Spokesman Jonathan Valencia notes that the average number of trees planted in that neighbourhood each year — is three.
He believes they can repeat that success in other neighbourhoods, focusing in particular on those which are close to industry and experience higher death rates due to pollution.
The only cost to the city is for the trees and the time spent planting them by forestry staff.
Councillor Brian McHattie has voiced support for the idea, noting that a volunteer has done similar work in his west end ward. McHattie says it’s very clear that when people are approached, “many of them sign up right away”.