Street Tree Planting Program

Street Trees 200-300 Block E. 2nd St

Beginning between December 2017 and January 2018, the City will be planting street trees along the 200-300 Blocks of E 2nd Street. Two different species of trees will be planted, each selected based on the planting location and in line with best management practices for urban planting. The trees also have ornamental features which include spring flowers, fall fruit and/or leaf colour, interesting bark and a unique branch structure. Approximately 40 trees will be planted. Read More

The Living City Tree Planting Program is a Capital Program to plant street trees in residential areas within the City of North Vancouver. Identified as a long term goal in the Council approved 2004 Street Tree Master Plan, Mayor and Council approved this Tree Planting Program in 2012 to increase the number of trees on our City streets. Street trees help mitigate the effects of climate change assisting the City in meeting our community's goal of reducing our Green House Gas emissions and making our City more green.

Funding Partners

In addition to the core funding provided by the City through it's annual budget process, the City gratefully acknowledges the generous funding support through BC Hydro's 2013 Re-greening Grant and Tree Canada.


To increase the number of street trees in the City of North Vancouver. This Capital Program will allow the City to purchase trees to plant along our streets.

The Benefits of Street Trees

There are many benefits to planting street trees. Trees create a neighbourhood feel to a street and provide a sense of separation or buffer between pedestrians on the sidewalk and the road. A street lined with mature trees creates a sense of place and permanence that is attractive to many and difficult to create without trees. Whether being resplendent in beautiful fall colour, coming into leaf early in the year, flowering in the spring or in full leaf during the summer, trees are beautiful and cherished by many people as being important to their lives. With trees being able to live for many years beyond a person's lifetime, they are investment in our community's future.

Trees also provide more tangible benefits such as:

  • Helping to reduce stormwater runoff. They do this by buffering rain fall and catching water on its trunk and leaves. Water that doesn't fall to the ground right away either evaporates or slowly trickles to the ground over an extended period of time. This benefits the City by extending the duration and reducing peak flows into our stormwater system and waterways.
  • Lower summer air temperatures. By shading the ground and the leaves giving off moisture on hot sunny days, the air temperature in the air space around a mature tree is lower than that which would be found if no street tree were present. A street planted with mature trees will have a significant impact on that location's air temperature.
  • Reduction in air pollution. Trees capture carbon dioxide and release oxygen when they are in leaf. They also capture other toxins including nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide. By cooling local areas, less energy is consumed to cool households therefore less pollution is created.
  • Enhance property values. Assuming views are not impacted, trees increase a residential property's value by raising its 'curb appeal'.
  • Wildlife habitat. Trees provide habitat, food and nesting sites to any number of bird, insect and animal species. A continuous canopy of trees provides habitat connectivity and movement corridors to other large areas of habitat such as parks and stream corridors.

Implementation & Timeline

The City will begin planting street trees on designated blocks early in 2014. The selection criteria for which blocks will receive street trees is outlined in the Street Tree Master Plan. Criteria includes, but is not limited to, whether or not the street has trees already, if it is a bus route, an arterial and on or connected to a bike route. City staff will evaluate potential locations based on this criteria. Homeowners and residents on blocks selected for planting will receive a Notice of Tree Planting, a trees species fact sheet and additional information about the program.

Winter is a good time of year to plant trees because the trees are dormant and they can be planted with minimal disturbance to the tree. As the season changes to spring and the soil warms, the tree will break dormancy and begin to grow in its new location. The long rainy season typical of a West Coast spring will provide adequate watering to aid the tree's establishment. Once the hot and dry summer weather begins, City staff will install a watering bag around each tree to provide a slow release of water to each tree. That said, we would welcome adjacent homeowners' assistance in providing additional watering. Together, these combined efforts should ensure the tree's survival through its first year.

Contact Info

Craig Bench
Urban Forestry Technician
Phone: 604-998-3291

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