The City of Parksville is looking towards a greener future and encourages residents to help cultivate an urban forest.
A release issued by the city on Tuesday, March 1, read it will offer a maximum of one rebate to residents who wish to plant a tree on either residential or business properties located within the city’s municipal boundaries.
The rebate amount is for a maximum of $50, subject to these conditions:
• To be eligible, trees must be planted in the ground on private property; trees may not be planted on city boulevards, rights-of-way, or any other location. Trees in pots or containers are not eligible.
• Any tree or fruit tree that will attain a mature height over 4.9 metres (16 feet) is eligible for a rebate. Shrubs, bushes, and other plantings are not eligible.
• The rebate is for the purchase of one tree up to a maximum of $50. Planting costs are not eligible.
• Property owners may apply for one rebate per property, per calendar year.
• Rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
Those wishing to apply for a rebate are required to complete an application form and provide proof of purchase and planting. The application can be found online at the city’s website, www.parksville.ca.
“Trees can reduce stress levels and fatigue, calm traffic; provide privacy, emphasize views or screen out unsightly views; enhance architecture; increase property values; moderate the environment; improve air quality; and reduce storm water runoff. As trees offer numerous community benefits, this rebate is offered to encourage the growth of an “urban forest” in Parksville and it’s a great time of the year to consider planting a tree on your property,” read the release.
More information on the rebate can be obtained through the city’s operations department by 250-248-5412, or via email at email@example.com.
– NEWS Staff, submitted