The Bancroft Area Stewardship Council’s annual tree and shrub program wraps up in May, and Chair Ian Hendry says they still have plenty of stock left to sell.
Hendry says they ordered 10,000 trees this year, which is the most they’ve ever brought in for the program.
Other than the individual tree and shrub seeds, bundles are available for purchase. The newest one on the menu is the “Healthy Planet” bundle, which is listed at $35. “It will help feed local wildlife faced with the decline of beach trees in the area and it will also to sequester carbon,” Hendry explains. Including in that bundle is 10 stems each of Eastern White Cedar, Red Oak, and Choke Cherry.
Hendry mentions the “Shoreline” bundle, which includes 10 stems each of High Bush Cranberry, Red Osier Dogwood, Pussy Willow. He says the bundle is designed to help – as the name suggests – shorelines in the area. The bundle will cost you $45.
“Every year we try to revamp our program,” Hendry says. “We introduce species that we feel are more suitable.” He explains they look at the environment and what is going on in the area and try to base what seeds and bundles are sold on that.
The “Algonquin” bundle is the other grouping available for purchase along with 15 individual tree and shrub seeds. You can see what else is being offered at the Stewardship’s website.