THE City of Surrey has been designated a ‘Tree City of the World’ for the fourth time by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
“I am proud that our City has once again been recognized as a Tree City of the World,” said Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke. “This recognition speaks to the City’s ongoing dedication in protecting our urban forests while balancing significant growth. We understand the important role trees play in creating a healthy and sustainable community. Surrey is proud to receive this award and to be recognized for our continued commitment to ensuring a healthy, green and thriving community for future generations.”
The City of Surrey was selected as an inaugural member of the Tree Cities of the World Program in 2019 and was recognized as a Tree City in 2020 and 2021 under then-mayor Doug McCallum.
The Tree Cities of the World Program is an international initiative intended to recognize cities and towns that are committed to ensuring their urban forests are celebrated, properly maintained, and sustainably managed.
The five standards include demonstrating an established framework of responsibility that delegates responsibility of tree care in the City; established bylaws and official policies that guide the management of the City’s forests and trees; a comprehensive inventory of the City’s forests and trees; dedicated funding to support the implementation of the City’s forest and tree management plans; and annual celebrations of trees to raise awareness among residents.
For more information on the City’s urban forestry management strategy go to surrey.ca/trees.
For more information on the Tree Cities of the World Program go to treecitiesoftheworld.org.
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