Volunteers help plant 50 new trees in south-end and Old City Quarter neighbourhoods last weekend. A grant from B.C. Hydro paid for the trees.

Volunteers help plant 50 new trees in south-end and Old City Quarter neighbourhoods last weekend. A grant from B.C. Hydro paid for the trees.

Grant provides new trees to Nanaimo neighbourhoods

NANAIMO – Volunteers helped plant 50 trees, paid for through a grant from B.C. Hydro.

The Nanaimo Old City Association volunteers, with assistance from the City of Nanaimo, planted 50 ornamental plum, cherry, red maple and Katsura trees last weekend.

The planting was made possible through a B.C. Hydro re-greening grant awarded to the City of Nanaimo.

This will be the fifth grant awarded to the city and neighbourhood groups.

The result of these grants has been the addition of more than 200 street trees to south end and Old City neighbourhoods.

“Boulevard and street tree plantings enhance the esthetics of a neighbourhood and create an increased sense of community and cohesion,” said Alan Kemp, the city’s urban forestry coordinator, in a press release.