Les amis receive $2,500 for their urban tree nursery project

Since 1994, Les amis de la montagne have mobilized members of the Montreal community in tree and shrub-planting exercises on Mont Royal. Since 2006, about 2,000 plants have been planted per year. In total, 3,500 volunteers have planted 16,000 trees.

Over the next several years, Les amis are getting involved in a project in partnership with another local organization to develop an urban tree nursery in Montreal that also has an educational mission. Thanks to a financial contribution from the Fido-Evergreen « Share your care » campaign, Les amis will undertake the following pilot projects this fall:

  • A project to grow plants from tree seeds taken from Mont Royal will be led with a class from the École Arc-en-Ciel in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. These elementary school students will participate in each step of the project that runs from this October to next June, from the collection of seeds to the evaluation of their germination rate next spring. The shoots produced will be recuperated by the nursery and eventually planted on Mont Royal.
  • A second project involves the recuperation of young stalks of shrubs and trees that will be disturbed by the construction work on the ring road in the forest of the Outremont summit. The stalks will be uprooted by volunteers on October 15 and will be planted in pots before being stored on the grounds of the Université de Montréal. These plants will be transported to the new nursery next year and will also eventually be planted on Mont Royal.

The educational approaches and methodologies used in these two projects could serve as a model for the nursery’s future activities.