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Arbor Day In Edmonton & Around The World

Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Friday of every May, and it holds a very special place in our hearts. It’s one of Chipps Tree Care’s favourite holidays, as it’s a date that commemorates the important role trees play in our lives. This role is especially vital to the health and happiness of our city, the home of the largest urban park system in all of North America. Each Maple, Pine, and Elm is an individual thread in the ribbon of green our communities have woven along the North Saskatchewan River, and they deserve our respect and admiration.


Arbor Day is the official date to dote on our city’s trees, and Edmonton never fails to disappoint. Each year communities across this city meet to promote tree knowledge, care, and planting. While this year was no different in that respect, it was an exception in that it became a joint-celebration with the Edmonton police force.

Edmonton Police Services are celebrating their 125th anniversary, and they teamed up with over 600 grade one students to commemorate this important milestone on Arbor Day. The two groups joined forces in Gold Bar Park to plant one tree for every year of service as a symbol of hope for the future.

We took a look at Gold Bar Park back in January, marking our very first installment of our ongoing series in 2017. Follow this link if you want to learn more about what it offers.

School children planting trees is a longstanding tradition in the city. Since the early ‘50s, the city has given evergreen seedlings to every grade one student. Today, that means roughly 15,000 seedlings get sent to schools across Edmonton. Eventually, the province followed suit, and now every single grade one student across Alberta receives a seedling to plant in celebration.

Arbor Day has evolved into a day of education as well as hard work. The City of Edmonton’s Forestry section organized a full day of activities to educate these youngsters about trees and the holiday itself. Attendees learnt that the very first Arbor Day was held 145 years ago in Nebraska. The first ever tree planting holiday resulted in approximately 1 million trees planted.

Since 1872, the holiday has spread across the globe, with over 43 countries joining in on the festivities. The date on which we all celebrate, however, vary from country to country, depending on its climate. While most of the US celebrates the holiday on the last Saturday of April, Pakistan denotes August 18 as its national tree planting day.

In the spirit of the holiday, we’d like to extend our services for any tree planting you need done this season. We’re also available to help you care for the existing trees on your property with expert pruning, deep root fertilization, and removal methods.

Get in touch to book a consultation with one of our highly trained arborist. We’re also ready to take your call if you’d like to share with us any of your Arbor Day stories.