City of Brandon Celebration Tree & Bench Programs An Investment for Future Generations

September 23, 2020


Brandon, MB – On this, National Tree Day 2020, City of Brandon Parks & Recreation Services is encouraging all Brandon and area residents and businesses to consider its Tree and Bench Celebration Programs as a way to beautify Brandon’s greenspaces now and for generations to come.

Through the City of Brandon’s recently-established Tree Celebration Program, individuals and businesses can give back to the community by investing in the forest canopy of Brandon’s various parks and greenspaces with a lasting, living gift. A donation of $250 accommodates the cost of one tree and its planting, watering and maintenance for a period of two years, after which time care of the tree is handed over to nature. As part of the program, donors are able to attend a planting event for their tree(s) and receive a commemorative certificate and recognition on the City’s website; however, the species, planting location, and planting date associated with a tree donation are all determined by Parks & Recreation Services staff. The location for spring 2021 planting efforts has already been identified within Errol Black Park to assist in creating a shelterbelt in the park along Rosser Avenue East.

Also available as a community donation option is the City of Brandon’s established Bench Donation Program, funds from which are used to purchase, install and maintain relaxation infrastructure in City greenspaces that have been identified as needing such amenities. Through the program, donors are able to choose from set monetary donation levels that then allow for the City of Brandon to purchase and install either a sitting bench, leaning bench or a picnic table in a mutually-agreed upon greenspace location. Such a donation also provides for a custom inscription on the fixture for a minimum of 10 years with an option to renew.

Parks & Recreation Services Director Perry Roque says the Tree and Bench Celebration Programs work well together to augment existing municipal investment in greenspaces.

“Parks & Recreation Services is pleased to offer these two programs as an avenue for citizens and businesses to tangibly invest in their community’s future,” says Roque. “Whether a donor is interested in offsetting their carbon footprint through the purchase of a new tree, putting a corporate sponsorship to good use in the community, or perhaps wishing to honour a departed loved one by improving a beloved park setting, we believe these donation programs will appeal to anyone wishing to ‘pay it forward’ to future generations.”

More information about both donation programs can be found on the City of Brandon website by visiting or by calling 204-729-2257.