OUR MISSION: As our climate changes, ACER supports communities with grassroots initiatives to plant trees, and educates on how to measure, monitor and report on tree health and growth

Project Crossroads

 

Project Crossroads is a program that sprung out of our Planting for Change program, with the goal to create more schoolyard mini climate change labs to specifically support urban reforestation in collaboration with the Bramalea Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program (SNAP) underway at the time in Brampton’s E, F and K sections.  But, just as the program was kicking off, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and schoolyards were off the table so we adapted, targeting instead community sites that were located in low tree canopy areas with high heat vulnerability and where many residents were also facing unmet needs and experiencing worsened conditions as a result of the pandemic.

ACER also developed a new planting protocol specifically adapted to meet pandemic restrictions, with testing completed in collaboration with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and City of Brampton Parks and Forestry.

To date, five community tree planting events have been held (October to November 2020) at three locations in the Knightsbridge area of Bramalea for a total of 153 native trees and shrubs planted and involving 71 volunteers drawn from schools, faith groups, and community organizations. In addition to increasing the urban tree canopy, other successes in the area included enhancing the health and well being of the community and bringing together people outdoors in a safe way during the difficult times of the early pandemic.

As there currently is no new funding, this program is closed but may have potential to re-open in the future. 

Funders

       TD Green Space Program 

 

ACER News
 
Peel Weekly News Articles
  • October 8, 2020: Lifting the Health and Spirits of Students in Knightsbridge — Peel Weekly News
  • May 21, 2020: Local Group Plants Hope at Annual Meeting — Peel Weekly News
  • December 5, 2019: Peel Matters: What Works and What’s at Risk for Climate Justice — Peel Weekly News
  • September 26, 2019: Peel Matters: Planting Trees Now and For Tomorrow — Peel Weekly News

 

Sites (with links to tree maps)

  • Chelsea Gardens Community Housing
  • Planting Dates: October 7 and 29, 2020

  • Folkstone Park
  • Planting Dates: October 17, 2020 and November 6, 2020 (partial replant)

  • Kings Cross Apartments
  • Planting Date: October 24, 2020