a girl plants a tree

City staff will collaborate with community members to plant over 500 native trees and shrubs.

September 19, 2023
Media Release
Parks & Recreation

Surrey, B.C. – The City of Surrey is launching its fall community tree planting season with an event celebrating National Tree Day this Saturday, September 23rd, at Bear Creek Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. City staff will collaborate with community members to plant over 500 native trees and shrubs. Everyone is welcome to participate, and there will be music and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. 

“The City’s popular tree planting series is one of the many initiatives that contribute to making Surrey a thriving, green, and inclusive community,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “It provides an excellent opportunity for the community to connect with each other, enjoy the outdoors, and contribute to the growth of one of our most vital natural assets, the City’s urban forest.” 

No prior experience is necessary. Participants are advised to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Gloves, shovels, and instructions will be provided. The event will proceed rain or shine but may be canceled in the event of high winds or extreme weather conditions. 

This event is part of the City’s annual Releaf tree planting program, which encourages the community to contribute to expanding the urban forest. In addition to the National Tree Day celebration, there are Releaf tree planting opportunities on Saturday mornings this fall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various Surrey parks, including: 

  • Boliver Park on October 7th 
  • Orchard Grove Park on October 14th 
  • Salmonberry Park on October 21st 
  • Hazelnut Meadows Community Park on October 28

The Releaf tree planting program is one of the City’s many stewardship initiatives delivered by the Parks Division to engage the community in protecting, preserving, and maintaining Surrey’s extensive parkland system. Since 1991, volunteers have planted thousands of trees and shrubs, contributing to improved air quality, increased shade, food and shelter for wildlife, and greater biodiversity in our parks.

For more information, please visit www.surrey.ca/releaf.