A few simple tasks! Help us by watering and weeding a new street tree for the summer season.
Watering is particularly important to trees for growth, resistance to disease and insects, temperature regulation, and overall health.
Tree Stewards fill the green watering bag(s) once or twice a week June through September.
Weeds use water! Weeding the circle of mulch at the base of the tree conserves water for tree roots, especially important during the dry summer months. Removing weeds also keeps our boulevards looking neat and presentable.
Tree Stewards use small hand tools to remove weeds from the woodchip mulch ring once a month June through September.
Adoption is Easy and Free
Step 1 Is there a newly planted street tree where you live or work? Search the map.
Step 2 Complete the application form and select Apply. You will receive an automatic reply and a confirmation phone call from us shortly.
Step 3 Receive your Welcome Letter and you are a Tree Steward! Begin caring for the tree assigned to you.
Why be a tree steward?
As part of the continued implementation of the Urban Forest Management Strategy (2014) and bold response to the climate emergency, New Westminster is targeting to increase the city’s urban forest canopy cover to 27% by 2030. To achieve this goal, the City has a ten year Tree Planting Masterplan to guide the planting of over 500 new street trees per year.
Simple acts of stewardship go a long way to help our new street trees thrive so we can all enjoy the numerous benefits that a lush urban canopy provides.
We invite residents and businesses in the community where new street trees have been planted to consider becoming Tree Stewards.