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Tree Planting

Communtiy Tree Planting

The benefits of trees

Trees are not only beautiful, they are important too!

  1. Trees keep the earth cool
  2. Trees improve the air quality
  3. Trees prevent soil erosion
  4. Trees produce food
  5. Trees help to block noise from surrounding roads and developed areas  
  6. Trees provide homes for wildlife
  7. Trees save money
  8. Trees heal
  9. Trees produce oxygen 

Plant your tree in the right location

Ask yourself these questions when you're deciding what tree to plant, and where you want to put it.

  1. Do you want to be raking leaves every fall, to have flowers blooming in the spring, or to be enjoying evergreen foliage throughout the year?
  2. How will the tree you've picked look 50 years from now? Consider its mature height, width and overall shape before making your final choice. Research before you buy.
  3. Is the spot for your tree of choice close to buildings, driveways, or other trees? If so, it may impact these at it grows, or it may be negatively impacted itself.
  4. Call before you dig! Are there any utilities (gas, water, sewer, electric) below ground that need to be identified? Don't be so sure you know the answer - it is best to use the toll free BC-1-Call at 1-800-474-6886 or *6886 on your cell to find out.
  5. Learn more on planting a tree in your backyard from the International Society of Arboriculture (Website. New window).

Save money by planting a tree in your backyard

  • Trees provide shade for your house in the hot summer months, and insulation from the cold and wind during the winter. Plant a tree in the right spot to reduce your energy bill by up to 30%.
  • Trees can increase your property value by 5 to 10%, depending on the condition, location and size of the trees. The value even increases each year.
  • One tree can recycle more than $37,000 worth of water, provide $31,000 worth of erosion control, $62,000 worth of air pollution control, and produce $37,000 worth of oxygen in 50 years!
  • One tree can provide the cooling effect of 10 air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Know the Tree Protection Bylaw

Did you know the City of Surrey has a Tree Protection Bylaw?  Review a summary (PDF. new window) of the Surrey Tree Protection Bylaw or download the actual  Surrey Tree Protection ByLaw, 2006 No. 16100 (PDF. new window).