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Greening Spaces Program

The Greening Spaces Program invites communities, schools and volunteer interest groups to submit proposals for tree planting projects that:
  • diversify properties;
  • buffer prevailing winds;
  • provide shade;
  • reduce noise;
  • protect lands along streams and rivers;
  • control soil erosion;
  • provide wildlife habitats; and/or
  • create outdoor learning areas (such as arboreta or tree & shrub nurseries)

The Department of Communities, Land and Environment will provide quality native tree and shrub seedlings, educational materials and technical advice. Communities, schools and volunteer interest groups will select the planting site, prepare a planting plan, and provide the labour. Proposals will be evaluated based on the intent and feasibility of the proposal.

To learn more about the program and how to identify Acadian forest trees and shrubs, view this presentation.

Project Site Possibilities

School grounds: any area of school property including the yard, parking areas, play grounds and sports fields. Trees would be planted to enhance the green qualities of the school property, create learning places, or shelter the school from winter winds or other land uses.

Streambanks: an area extending out 10 meters or more from the water’s edge, and which may already have grasses and some live trees and shrubs.

Hedgerows: a narrow belt of vegetation, dominated by a variety of shrubs and occasional trees, separating one area of land (usually farm fields) from another. Hedgerows stabilize soils, prevent wind erosion, accumulate and distribute snow loads, and can serve as travel corridors for wildlife seeking to move from one area to another.

Wind buffer/ shelter belt: a narrow belt of vegetation, dominated by a variety of shrubs and occasional trees, which is designed to reduce heating requirements by sheltering a building or school from winter winds.

Parks, recreation, and other community lands: lands which are publicly owned, accessible, and not being utilized for commercial/industrial purposes.

Abandoned or marginal farm lands:
lands which are no longer productive due to soil loss and exposed subsoil, poor drainage, or high sloped and therefore at risk for erosion. Often farming will have ceased on these areas so grasses and some small trees may have begun to reclaim the area.

Interested students, teachers and community volunteers can learn more about the Acadian Forest and how to successfully transplant a variety of native trees and shrubs by viewing the presentation listed above. All projects are required to promote the programs efforts to make Island communities and schooler greener, healthier places to live work and learn.

Application and Claims

To apply for the program, please complete and submit the Greening Spaces Program application form and send to:

Contact Information:
David Carmichael
Department of Communities, Land and Environment
J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery
Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Tel: 902-368- 4714
Fax: 902-368-4713


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