Trees in Cities Challenge

The Trees in Cities Challenge is a global campaign launched by the United Nations to promote climate action in cities.

The City is working with the community to plant 5,000 trees on public and private land. In 2020, the City increased tree planting by 40 per cent and planted 500 new trees in parks and on boulevards. 

Residents are also encouraged to plant trees on private property and track them on the Tree Tracker. Check out the resources below for tips on tree selection, planting and care.

Climate change is a global challenge. Take the Trees in Cities pledge and help grow a brighter future right in our community.

Trees are a critically important community asset providing a wide range of benefits, from positive mental health impacts, to environmental attributes such as regulating temperature, mitigating stormwater runoff, and providing wildlife habitat. The urban forest plays a valuable role in our efforts to adapt to climate change. 

Global temperatures are rising at rapid rates and bold action is needed now. Planting more trees in urban areas holds a considerable potential to tackle effects of climate change. The United Nations has invited mayors around the world to join the Trees in Cities Challenge by making a pledge to plant trees in their city. 

Victoria was the first city in Canada to join the challenge.

Residents and groups can join in the Trees in Cities Challenge in four easy steps: Pledge to plant, learn about tree care, record your trees and become a tree champion.

1. Pledge to plant trees on private land

Help us meet our goal by taking the pledge to plant trees on private land – fill out our online form and let us know how many trees and the month you plan to plant. If you do not have private land, but would like to donate funds to the urban forest and support the planting of trees on public land, please contact

2. Learn about tree health

The long-term health of trees is crucial. To learn about tree placement, maintenance and care practices before breaking ground, check out our online tree care resources at the bottom of this page. 

Please check back for updates on educational workshops.

3. Become a tree champion!

The City is currently offering fewer in-person events due to the ongoing pandemic. Check back here for future Trees in Cities workshops, tours and other events. Residents and groups can still join in the Trees in Cities Challenge by taking the pledge to plant, learning about tree care, and planting trees on their private properties.

Get funding for trees in your neighbourhood

The City’s My Great Neighbourhood Grant supports residents to animate public space, develop and enhance a sense of community and leave a positive legacy in their neighbourhoods. The grant program includes an opportunity for planting residential trees called the Trees in Cities Challenge $1,000 Grant for Residential Trees. Groups of residents can apply for funding to support the cost of trees, staking materials, deer fencing, mulching supplies, and hiring a landscape or arborist professional to lead a workshop on tree education. Applications are open until October 31, 2021. 

So far, thanks to the efforts of residents across the City, over 78 trees have been planted on private property with the support of this grant.

For more information, check out the My Great Neighbourhood Grant Trees in Cities Challenge: $1,000 Grant for Residential Trees and apply here

4. Plant and record your trees 

Once you plant your trees, make sure they're added to the Tree Tracker so that they count towards the challenge goal. To have your trees added, email us your tree location and species to You can also include a photo of your tree and even give it a nickname. The tracker shows the total number of trees planted in each neighbourhood.


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