Founders of Trees for Guelph
Founded in 1990 by Jim Taylor, Heiti Jaason, and Martin Neumann, Trees For Guelph was formed to get more trees planted in Guelph – and more specifically, to do so through volunteer planting, emphasizing experiential learning and community building. The initial focus was on “orphaned” sites and the edges of large industrial parcels, and that focus expanded over time to include parks, schoolgrounds, and missing chunks of our natural heritage system. Core supporters from year #1 to the present include the City of Guelph, Grand River Conservation Authority, McNeil Consumer Healthcare/Johnson & Johnson, Wellington District Catholic School Board, and the Upper Grand District School Board. Through the gratefully acknowledged support from them and the many other supporting businesses and funders, the many thousands of volunteers have indeed planted more trees in Guelph: more than 150,000 since our first planting season in 1991.
Together, we grow our urban forest!