Guelph’s Tree Trust Trees
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About Guelph Tree Trust
Guelph joined Tree Trust in 2022. Led by a group of volunteers, assisted by Guelph Urban Forest Friends, our objective is to provide conservation care for large, mature trees on not-for-profit, institutional, or commercial properties such as churches, schools, cemeteries, group homes and long-term care facilities. Many of these institutions do not have the resources to care for the large trees on their property.
Our work complements the care that the City of Guelph Urban Forestry Department provides for public and park trees.
Mature legacy trees are a huge, quiet, living presence in our city. They provide countless benefits to the environment and people over many years. We aim to ensure these trees survive for many more years by working with arborists who will provide specialized care for them. With your help through donations, we can rescue many of these magnificent trees from an early demise due to their declining health. These trees are a living legacy in our community and a large component of our urban forest canopy. Many of these awe-inspiring trees have outlived several human generations and may pre-date the founding of the city by settlers.
Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people today. While we undertake this work, we are acknowledging that we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work. These trees are on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples.
Tree Trust Guelph is organizing local events where a legacy tree is worked on by a team of skilled arborists to ensure the tree is as healthy as possible. At these events the public will be invited to watch the arborists at work and learn more about tree care. There may be a tour of nearby trees as part of the event. Two new saplings will be planted at the same time as part of our carbon offset and to eventually replace the legacy tree.
We welcome community members’ support through donations to Tree Trust Guelph. You can submit suggestions for large trees, especially native, that we will consider adding to our list for care. In addition, we offer a qualified arborist’s advice on the health and maintenance of older trees on private property in return for a donation to Tree Trust Guelph.
Chapter Events & News
Guelph Tree Trust is pleased to announce we that on Saturday October 14th we will provide arborist care for mature Silver Maple tree at 286 Water Street, Guelph, on property of the Muslim Society of Guelph The public will be invited to attend and watch a team of arborists pruning high in the crown of this aging beautiful tree.
Members of GTT will be on hand to provide information on the tree and pruning work of a team lead by GTT arborist Doug Steel, of Full Circle Tree Care. Children who are students at the two schools onsite, and their families, will be special guests. The silver maple, which overarches the Montessori Centre’s preschool playground, is especially appreciated by the children and staff. The Meezan school students will also be interested to see the work being done on this tree.
Guelph Tree Trust is ensuring this Silver Maple will receive the care it needs so the countless benefits to the community and environment of its huge canopy and root system remain for as long as possible. It will continue to be safe for the children and staff who play in its shade for many more years.
Donations are needed for this project. Funds raised will help to pay for the care of this and other legacy trees in Guelph.
Meet Guelph’s Tree Trust Coordinators
Catherine Goddard is a long time gardener and naturalist who has recently retired and
returned to Guelph. She is glad to have found such a wonderful group of volunteers to
join who love trees as much as she.
Growing up in Newfoundland Karen Harris developed a passion for the outdoors. Now a certified arborist
she continues to use that passion to help preserve our natural resources. Karen enjoys spending her free
time hiking, crafting, and spending time appreciating the outdoors.
Meet Guelph’s Tree Trust Arborist
Full Circle Tree Care is locally owned and operated by Doug Steel, Certified Arborist; Certificate in Urban Tree Maintenance, Sir Sandford Fleming College; Diploma in Horticulture, University of Guelph. Our staff includes arborists certified with the Province of Ontario and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).