How We Grow
This fall we planted our first microforests as part of our work in developing a low carbon economy…
and engaging even more organizations on local climate action. Microforests are a small area of non-developable land (>500 sq ft.) that is returned to a natural state through the planting of native trees and shrubs. It is a great way to naturalize small plots of land in urban areas, and they bring many ecological and social benefits; including the sequestration of carbon, nutrient cycling and increased tree canopy.
Our first microforests were planted at Manchester & Avenue Road Public Schools, with the support and effort of our partners at The Ages Foundation; Greenway Chaplin Community Centre; City of Cambridge; Grand River Conservation Authority; and Waterloo Region District School Board. The sites were planted by employee volunteers at EY Waterloo and Energy+.
Reflecting on the pilot, it was so wonderful to see so many organizations come together and take action. We know that naturalization has a positive impact on well-being and this project presents a great opportunity to invest in our communities with strong environmental co-benefits.
SWR will be continuing this initiative, with the goal of planting 10,000 trees over the next 5 years. We’d like to start with the planting of 10 more microforests in the fall of 2022 at businesses, schools and organizations across the region.
If you’d like to get involved, please consider donating land to plant on, sponsoring or adopting a forest.