Trees 4 Peterborough, a community planting event in Peterborough on Saturday (September 23), saw 520 trees planted at Bears Creek Woods Park at 1210 Franklin Drive to increase the City of Peterborough’s urban canopy.
The 520 trees included maple, oak, spruce, and other native species.
They were planted with help from community volunteers, members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough, and students from the Trent University Community Research Centre.
The event was sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities, Excelsior Group, Peterborough Homes, and Merritt Home Hardware and supported by Peterborough GreenUP and the Rotary Club of Peterborough,
RBC Dominion Securities donated $10,000, Excelsior Group donated $5,000, and Peterborough Homes donated $2,500, with Merritt Home Hardware lending an auger for the planting.
Trees in urban areas improve air quality, reduce heat build-up, and provide benefits for mental and physical health. They are also crucial for mitigating climate change and reducing flooding, since one 15-diameter tree can absorb 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide and absorb almost 2,000 litres of rainfall per year.