Coquitlam Tree Spree is a tree-planting initiative and public-education program with the overall purpose of recognizing and promoting the value of the City’s tree canopy. Whether on public or private land, Coquitlam’s trees offer many benefits for our health, well-being and the environment (see below to learn more about tree benefits).
The initiative includes public education, tree giveaways to residents and businesses, and tree-planting sessions incorporated into community events and activities. See below for how to get involved.
The program coincides with Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan and is part of the City’s ongoing tree management activities.
In 2022, Tree Spree’s inaugural year, volunteers, staff and residents met the goal of planting 10,000 trees— double the City’s typical tree-planting target—in both public spaces and private properties throughout the community.
Coquitlam is dedicated to supporting a vibrant urban forest on public and private land. All trees across the City are part of Coquitlam’s tree canopy.
The City proactively manages parks, natural areas and street trees and conducts public education and tree planting initiatives as part of its commitment to protecting and developing the inherent benefits trees bring to the community.
As part of Tree Spree, the City's Park Spark and Urban Forestry Teams coordinate a variety of community outreach and educational activities, including:
Join the Coquitlam Parks team to celebrate Coquitlam’s tree canopy with some tree-rific Tree Spree activities happening in April, rain or shine:
•Trees in the Garden
•Introduction to pruning
For more info about these free activities or to register, email the Park Spark team.
Connect with the Park Spark team at one of our community pop-ups to get a free tree and to learn about tree care and more. For questions regarding tree varieties and free tree availability, email the Park Spark team.
Coquitlam’s Park Spark and Urban Forestry staff team up to offer some tree-rific walks. Explore Coquitlam’s tree canopy and learn fun facts about all of the amazing types of trees that call Coquitlam home. Participants are given a free tree to take home and plant after each tree walk. For more information and to register for these free activities, email the Park Spark team.
Join the Park Spark team and learn fun facts about the trees, flora and fauna found in Coquitlam parks. Walks occur rain or shine. Participants are given a free tree to take home and plant after each nature walk. For more information and to register for these free activities, email the Park Spark team.
Did you know that spending time among trees reduces stress and fatigue and improves quality of life? Trees also make our city beautiful and contribute to community pride.
And that’s not all:
Ideally plant when plants are dormant—in the fall after leaf drop or in early spring before bud break. However, healthy balled/burlapped or container trees can be planted throughout the growing season
Balled/burlapped trees lose a significant portion of their root system when dug at the nursery and may exhibit transplant shock—slowed growth and reduced vitality after planting. Container trees may also experience transplant shock.
Promote recovery through proper site preparation, careful handling to prevent further root damage, and good follow-up care.
Important: The trunk flare is where the trunk expands at the base of the tree. Ensure truck flare is partially visible after the tree is planted.
When choosing a tree and its location, consider the following:
Before purchasing a tree, consider consulting an arborist or a local nursery for advice.
Consult an arborist or a local nursery for advice on what to do to ensure your tree thrives or to address problems.