April 22, 2022


Multiple municipalities will be partnering with Quinte Conservation and Lower Trent Conservation for this year’s Community Trees initiative. Residents of the eight participating municipalities will have the opportunity to pick up a variety of native tree and shrub seedlings at the designated giveaway locations on April 30th or May 7th.

“The benefits of planting native trees on your property are endless! They help to clean air and lock up carbon, slow and filter runoff, replenish groundwater and reduce flooding, enhance habitat for wildlife, as well as improve your family’s general health, and so much more,” says Maya Navrot, Quinte Conservation Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator at Quinte Conservation.

Native plants play an important role in this region’s natural ecology, and the Community Trees initiative provides residents with a great opportunity to support that role by planting in urban and rural properties and helping to increase forest cover.

Navrot adds, “The Emerald Ash Borer has done a lot of damage to our Ash trees across the region, it’s more important than ever to replace that tree loss and with a diversity of native species”.

“We are so lucky to be partnering with Trees For Life and Quinte West to provide residents free native tree seedlings to plant and care for on their properties,” says Ewa Bednarczuk, Ecology & Stewardship Specialist at Lower Trent Conservation.

As quantities of seedlings are limited, each family will be permitted only a certain number of seedlings, decided by each municipality. Participants of this initiative are asked to bring a pail or bags to carry their seedlings home in and be prepared to plant them soon afterward. The time of each event is dependent on how long supplies last.

Participating Municipality and Seedling Pick-up Location:
Market Square, Belleville
April 30, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Centre Hastings
Trinity United Church, Madoc
April 30, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Marmora and Lake
Marmora Fairgrounds, Marmora
April 30, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Prince Edward County
Delhi Park, Picton and Wellington Community Centre, Wellington
April 30, 2022

Municipal Office, Stirling-Rawdon
May 7, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Town of Greater Napanee
Strathcona Paper Centre, Napanee
April 30, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tweed Arena, Tweed
April 30, 2022
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Quinte West
Frankford Arena, Frankford; Quinte West Public Works Operations Centre, Trenton; Tuckers Corners, Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd; Wooler Community Park, Wooler
May 7, 2022
7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at


For more information contact:
Maya Navrot, Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator
(613) 968-3434 ext. 131