Pete Russell
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Trees are Meaford’s natural heritage.

Thanks to Georgian Bay, Meaford’s superb growing conditions have produced many tall centuries-old trees from a broad spectrum of species and varieties. Now, Meaford residents have the opportunity to help protect and preserve these majestic trees.

Which is exactly what Tree Trust does.

In 2021, Tree Trust Meaford will begin its mission to preserve senior trees on town-land. These giant trees, often over 200 years-old, receive little or no care. Through Tree Trust, local professional arborists will help save, and care for these amazing trees, one by one. And you can help!

Tree Trust Meaford accepts online donations. And if you know of mature trees in Meaford’s parks and public spaces that need help, you can nominate them here.

Our Tree Trust Approved Arborist is Tobias Effinger, a highly-skilled and talented professional from Arboreal Tree Care.

Community Support

“On my morning walks I’m now looking at all trees with the thought of Tree Trust care in mind. I look forward to seeing the work completed at the cemetery and thank you for bringing such a wonderful organization to Meaford.”

Shirley Keaveney, Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Meaford

Meet Meaford’s Tree Trust coordinators

Born and raised in Northern Quebec, Pete Russell has lived in several small towns across Southern Ontario. He developed a bond with and appreciation of the natural world through his long experience with going wilderness canoe trips and hiking. Pete brought Tree Trust to Meaford in 2021.

Charlie Killin is a city boy now loving small-town life in Meaford. He connected with the town’s trees through working with arborists, and then grasped the opportunity to help bring Tree Trust to Meaford.

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