We're recruiting tree stewards!

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 600 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.

What's involved?

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 15 - September 30.



Weeds use water!  Weeding the circle of mulch at the base of the tree conserves moisture for tree roots, especially important during the hot 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? Select the link below and search the map.

Step 2 Complete the application form and select Apply. You will receive an automatic email 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.


Please email with any questions.

  • How many new street trees can I adopt?

    To keep the program accessible and the watering manageable, one tree per household or business to begin. City staff will follow-up as quantities and locations allow.

    Not all addresses have a newly planted street tree. Check your address on the map

    What’s the time commitment?

    June through September 2021.  Help us by watering one to two times per week and weeding once per month.

    I’m planning to be away this summer for vacation – what about water for my adopted street tree?

    No problem!  Feel free to ask a neighbour or let the City know (), and we can arrange to have the watering done while you’re away.

    Who provides the green watering bags?

    The watering bags belong to the City and are installed by the City in June and removed in early October.

    Do I use my own garden hose and gardening hand tools?

    Yes please!  The City does not provide hoses, jugs or tools, so please ensure you have access to a water source, hose, and tools before signing up to adopt a new street tree.

    Can I plant flowers under the new street tree?

    Please do not plant flowers or shrubs under City trees.  Shrubs and flowers compete with trees for moisture and soil resources.  Planting activities also disturb tree roots.

    My new street tree is too tall.  Can I prune the tree?

    No, please do not prune, cut, or trim the new street tree.  All pruning maintenance is performed by City staff.  If you notice a problem or have a concern, please report this to the Parks Department, or 604-527-4567.

    How do I know if I’m under-watering or over-watering the new street tree?

    Droopy or curling leaves are a sign of under-watering.  Checking the condition of the soil at the base of the tree with your fingers offers other clues: Soil that is dry and crumbly more than 2 cm (1”) below the surface should be watered.

    Over-watering generally isn’t a problem with the green water bags.  Water release is slow from the bag, allowing the water to fully penetrate the soil and for any extra to move away from the tree. 

    For further watering support, contact us: .

  • 604-636-4318

    Boulevard Tree Maintenance Requests