Every year, the UBC Botanical Garden holds a Christmas Tree Recycling program after the holidays. The public is invited to drop off their Christmas trees to be chipped into mulch for use on the Garden’s trails.
Besides being a great sustainability initiative, the event also serves as a fundraiser with the proceeds going to support garden-related projects at local elementary and high schools.
“Gardens provide children with hands-on learning opportunities and nurture an understanding and respect for the environment, food, health and the cycles of life,” said Nadine Diner, Education & Outreach Manager, UBC Botanical Garden.
David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver received a $705 donation from UBC Botanical Garden this year. The funds will be used to purchase supplies and starting seedlings for their school garden. UBC Botanical Garden’s community outreach extends far beyond the monetary donation, however.
“We’re also offering additional support, such as student field trips to the Garden and plant donations,” added Diner.
Garden volunteers plan to visit David Thompson Secondary in the spring to help clean-up their garden and prepare it for the next growing season. Diner will also visit the school to demonstrate and discuss environmental awareness, native and invasive plants, and local food production.