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.


Community Support

Meet Guelph’s Tree Trust coordinators

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.

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.

For more information feel free to contact us at [email protected]

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