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Pledge to Donate your Christmas Tree!

December 16, 2021

UPDATE: We have received enough Christmas trees to complete the project!

Thank you for your interest in donating your tree to help with RBG’s conservation efforts!

We’ve reached our tree quota for the year and are no longer accepting trees in 2021. Please consider making a monetary donation to Royal Botanical Gardens so we can continue to make a difference in your community through projects such as this.

In Need of Your Trees!

The annual tree collection returns! RBG needs a maximum of 1,500 trees in order to strategically place them in critical zones. Community members are asked to pre-register their donation(s) ahead of their drop-off to ensure we receive the desired amount for the project at hand. Are you up to the calculated challenge? Let your tree continue to work for nature even after it’s done its traditional duty.

For well over a decade, RBG has relied on the generosity of the public to deliver their trees to aid us in various stream-restoration projects around aquatic ecosystems. Since this project began, over 175,000 trees have been repurposed and placed into the banks of the Chedoke and Grindstone Creeks. Once placed, their branches begin to collect and retain suspended sediment which helps form a riverbank, something previously demolished by invasive Common Carp. As the years go by and more trees are added, the riverbanks become fortified and stabilized, which help channel the flow of water during high-water events. The placement of trees also helps by creating essential habitat for birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and most importantly a strong soil bed where native plants can take root and begin to sprout! What life have you seen around the berms as of late?

Sincere thanks go out to all the people who have helped see this project through. Not only do we have the solo tree drop offs, we have witnessed individuals organize neighbourhood pickups and deliver dozens of trees, and businesses deliver by the truckload! The generosity is magnificent, and the evidence is in the wetlands. Thank you only scratches the surface, or in this case adds to it!

Add your name and tree to the collection this year by following the link and allow these plants to continue their cycle by contributing to the science of the streams.

Please Pre-Register to Donate Your Tree

Thank you for your interest in donating your tree to help with RBG’s conservation efforts! Please note, we have reached our tree quota for the year and are no longer accepting trees in 2021.

Royal Botanical Gardens appreciates the generosity of its community members that take the time to donate their Christmas trees each year. Used Christmas trees assist our conservation efforts in re-building creek channels on our waterways. These channels facilitate the regrowth of marsh plants and create habitat for native fish and wildlife.

This year we require a maximum of 1,500 trees for our restoration and are asking that you please register your tree prior to dropping it off. Though we greatly appreciate the overwhelming enthusiasm in support of this project, we are only able to use 1,500 trees to effectively achieve our goal.

  • Drop off between December 28 and January 9
  • Please do not drop off your tree without pre-registering
  • Drop off will be at an un-staffed location close to the border of Hamilton and Burlington. Specific drop-off instructions and location details will be provided via email to registrants.
  • Remove all decorations and ties

Temporary Road Closure: Spring Gardens Road (January 4 to March 20, 2022)

Please be advised that Spring Gardens Road is closed between the Woodland Cemetery access and Valley Inn Road from now until March 20, 2022, for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge.

All public vehicle and pedestrian access is restricted beyond the closure. Emergency vehicles and RBG staff that are required to work in the area are permitted.

Registered Christmas tree donations are able to be dropped off at Spring Gardens Road by the road closure nearest the cemetery (directions – closest address is 885 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington). 

About RBG’s Conservation Projects

RBG’s conservation efforts occur in forest, wetland and prairie habitats and range from species at risk inventories to invasive alien species management.

In additions to our display gardens and horticultural conservation work, Royal Botanical Gardens works hard to preserve and restore its nature sanctuaries. This includes Project Paradise —one of the largest freshwater restoration projects of its kind in North America— that works to restore aquatic habitats of Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Creek marshes.