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Pledge to Donate your Christmas Tree!

December 17, 2020

UPDATE: we have received enough registrations 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 2020. 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 is set to resume but with a new scope and a limited capacity. RBG needs a maximum of 1,500 trees (down from the 3,000+ we typically receive) 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 both ensure we receive the desired amount for the project at hand, but also to be mindful of safety during these turbid times. 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 aide 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

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 29 and January 10
  • 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

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.