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Halifax offering free trees to tackle local effects of climate change

Sep 20, 2022 | 3:57 PM

RG in TLV / CC

The municipality is giving away 1000 trees, and they want you to take one home to fight the effects of climate change in your neighbourhood. 

There will be two separate events in October: one in Clayton Park and the other in Cherrybrook, with 500 free trees up for grab at each. 

“The Halifax Regional Municipality has planted over 3000 trees this year,” Spokesperson for the municipality Laura Wright said. “And this tree giveaway event supports our urban forest master plan, as well as HalifACT, which is the municipality’s long-term action plan to reduce emissions and help communities adapt to changing climate.”

“Trees in urban spaces improve air quality, storm-water reduction, temperature management,” the municipality says on its website. 

There will be a variety of trees to give away, such as red oak, red maple, yellow birch, sugar maple and white spruce. There will also be a limited amount of apple or pear trees available, Wright said. Trees are limited to one per household or community group. 

People will also get a choice between a three-to-five gallon size or a seven-gallon size.

The trees should fit in a personal vehicle, Wright said.

“We designed this event such that it’s accessible to folks taking Halifax transit as well. Participants will be given barrier bags that they are allowed to take on Halifax transit with them.”

Whether or not the giveaway runs again in the future will depend largely on public uptake, she said. 

“We’re certainly encouraging residents to come out and pick up a tree,” Wright said. 

You can pick up a tree at the following dates and times: 

  • Date: Saturday October 1, 2022
  • Time: 9 a.m. – until supplies last
  • Location: Thomas Raddall Dr, Halifax, NS (parking lot between Canada Games Centre & BMO Soccer Centre)


  • Date: Saturday Oct. 8, 2022
  • Time: 9 a.m. – until supplies last
  • Location: 26 Cherry Brook Road, Cherrybrook, NS

As part of the giveaway, people will be given information on how to care for their tree. The only thing they ask, Wright said, is that people don’t plant their tree on municipal property. 

For more information on how to pick a location for a tree, visit the HRM website.


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