A group of people stand around the a new tree planted in honour of children born in 2022 as part of Sustainable Orangeville's Baby Tree Program.

The birth of a child is an important and powerful moment filled with celebration. There are many ways to celebrate, and Sustainable Orangeville has a unique way to honour your child and help our local environment.

The Baby Tree Program allows residents to make a donation towards a Baby Tree Forest, where a tree purchased through the donation will be planted in a park or other area owned by the Town. Each Baby Tree Forest will include a plaque with a complete list of all babies recognized as part of the program that year.

“This initiative is an incredible way for residents to help create an environmentally sustainable community for future generations,” said Councillor Tess Prendergast, Chair of Sustainable Orangeville. “It’s also a unique way to mark the birth and growth of your child – these trees will grow with your child. The trees are planted in public spaces, so you can visit your tree at any time.”

The donations for each tree fund the cost of the trees, which are sourced and planted by the Parks Department.

This year’s Baby Tree Ceremony was held at Harvey Curry Park on September 17, recognizing six babies born in 2022. Some of the families gathered with members of Sustainable Orangeville to celebrate the new trees as well as their children.

If you had or will be having a baby born in 2023, you can register and submit a donation to be added for the 2024 ceremony.

For more details or to register visit orangeville.ca/babytreeprogram. 

Photo L-R: Madison Bonnevie and Navy Little, Councillor Tess Prendergast (Chair of Sustainable Orangeville, Peter and Lila Ball, Pauline Miller (Grandparent of two Baby Tree Program honourees), Tracy Barry (Sustainable Orangeville Admin)