We are investigating a new way to plant beautiful trees in Meaford's downtown core, and we want to know what you think!

The Challenges

Beautification is so important to Meaford's downtown core, and trees play an important part in making downtown Meaford look green and welcoming. Unfortunately, planting trees along the sidewalks can cause a few issues:

  1. As the trees grow, the roots can damage the sidewalk, making it heave and creating trip hazards, as well as damaging underground water and sewer pipes.
  2. Because of this, the trees aren't able to reach their full lifespan when planted in the downtown core.
  3. Trees along the sidewalk also make sidewalk plowing more difficult through the winter months.

The Solution

apple bin planterWe are proposing to use a piece of Meaford's history as part of our solution - we would like to plant downtown trees in large planters styled like apple crates with local apple producer's names stamped on the side. Along with being iconic to the Meaford area, they will also help solve our problems:

  1. The roots will be contained in the planters, so they won't be able to damage the concrete or underground pipes.
  2. Once the trees outgrow the planters, the planters can be moved and the trees can be replanted at a park, so they will be able to live much longer.
  3. During the winter, the planters can be moved to keep them out of the way of the sidewalk plow.

So, what do you think?

Please let us know by May 3, 2019.

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