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City to plant 150 Trees to mark sesquicentennial

April 21, 2017 -

This event has been cancelled due to the heavy rain.

To mark the sesquicentennial of the Confederation of Canada, the City of Kingston will plant 150 trees specially designated as "Sesquicentennial Trees" this year.

To meet its goal to double the number of urban trees by 2025, the City plants several thousand trees each year. Trees reduce CO2 emissions, create habitats for all kinds of wildlife and, when planted strategically, they also shade buildings (reducing air conditioning costs by up to 50 per cent) and act as windbreaks (reducing heating costs by 10-25 per cent). 

This year, in addition to their environmental purpose, 150 of these trees will take on a very distinctive symbolic importance. In a special tree-planting ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m., 15 red maples will be planted in Trillium Ridge Park near the corner of Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Centennial Drive. A commemorative plaque will also be unveiled.

The remaining 135 trees, each marked as a "Sesquicentennial Tree," will be scattered throughout the city in the shape of giant maple leaf in a "connect-the-dots" style. Each tree's GPS coordinates will be available on Kingston's Sesquicentennial website – www.CityofKingston.ca/Kingston150.

Native to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region, the maple tree is one of the most prolific species in the area. In fact, 39 per cent of the trees in Kingston are maple trees. The maple is Canada's national tree and the maple leaf remains our most enduring national symbol. As maple trees have an average life expectancy of 80 to 100 years, the 150 Sesquicentennial Trees planted in 2017 will serve as a long-standing testament to Kingston's commemoration of Canadian Confederation at 150. 

Kingston is at the heart of Canada's story - shaping our past and building our future.

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality – ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.

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