This Earth day, Environment Hamilton is asking for more Trees Please.
It’s the name of a new initiative that kicked off with shovels hitting the soil along Rebecca street.
Arborist and project coordinator Andrew Avsec says the newly planted Kentucky coffee-tree could be one of many.
The first step if the Trees Please initiative is putting an air quality device into the hands of residents.
Groups of volunteers will fan across six neighbourhoods to evaluate the need for a little more greenery.
“There is particulate counts that the monitors take, usually anything over two thousand is in the red zone” said Avsec.
In the Beasley neighbourhood the particulate count came in at over three thousand.
Environment Hamilton’s Lynda Lukasik says that why it’s one of the target areas.
“There are lots of hard surfaces, not a lot of green.”
Lukasik also points to another red zone.
“Hamilton beach is down wind of the industrial core and a major 400 series highway, so imagine the improvements that a swath of green down there could make for those residents.”
Lukasik says one tree can cut the particulate reading by half in a neighbourhood.
The Trillium Foundation has put up over 344 thousand dollars to help the project roll out and plant more trees over the next three years.
Data collected through the Trees Please project can be found at InhaleMap.com