PHASE 1: February/March 2018
- Plant 8 trees on the Holland Lands: These trees will help manage groundwater in the area, increase carbon absorption, provide shade for summer markets and be placed so that their roots have plenty of space to grow, without damaging nearby infrastructure.
- Install Electric Vehicle charging station: This will help promote the use of electric vehicles, while also supporting the Town’s goal to reduce community-wide GHG emissions by 7% from 2007 levels, by 2030.
- Remove the trees causing the most infrastructure damage: The trees fronting the Holland Lands were planted without enough room for oxygen to reach their roots. This is why the roots lift, causing damage to the nearby sidewalks.
- Fix sidewalk panels: Once the risk of further tree root damage has been eliminated, the affected sidewalk panels, as well as nearby sidewalk panels that compromise public safety, will be permanently fixed.
PHASE 2: Ongoing to 2022
- Phased removal of other landscaping trees that are causing infrastructure damage.
- Phased replacement of relevant sidewalk panels, as the risk of root damage is removed.
The Town of Gibsons wishes to thank BC Hydro and Tree Canada for providing a grant to purchase the replacement trees for the Holland Lands. The grant came via the BC Hydro Community ReGreening program, which helps with the regreening efforts of municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations communities.