Healthy Yards for a greener town
Godwin Chan Richmond Hill Ward 6 Councillor
Living in Richmond Hill has its benefits. After celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, the Healthy Yards program is back to provide the community with information and materials to help take care of your lawn, trees and garden and help improve the natural environment.
Under the program, Richmond Hill residents can pre-order a variety of native trees, shrubs, edible shrub kits, perennial flower kits for sun or shade and new home starter kits at discounted prices. Eco-friendly products, such as rain barrels and backyard composters, are also on sale. The last day to preorder plants and gardening materials is May 9.
Promoting the planting of native plants, which are adaptable to local climate and soil conditions, will help to conserve water with less maintenance, increase the urban tree canopy and improve local biodiversity by providing habitat and food for birds, mammals and insects. Examples of native species trees in Richmond Hill include bur Oak, and sugar maple, and white spruce.
In the past few years, about 1,500 trees, shrubs and flower kits have been ordered by town residents.
In support of environmental Clean Up Week and Green Up Week, there will be two community tree-planting events in Ward 6 at Bridgeview Cordone Park on Observatory Lane on May 12 and May 26. Trees and shrubs as well as equipment will be supplied. These events provide families with great opportunities to get outdoors, green up the park and help create healthier communities.