The Dundas Valley Tree Keepers (DVTK) are a group of community volunteers who are passionate about the trees in the Dundas Valley, an area endowed with a large number and variety of trees in urban, rural and natural settings. The group formed after the completion of the first Dundas Trees Count in fall 2007. Go to Trees Counts for more about the Dundas tree inventories. Go to About Us to find out more about the DVTK. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm. A private meeting will be held in June, and locations for future meetings will be posted at a later date.
On Saturday January 9th , at the Dundas Museum & Archives, a most informative and entertaining talk and visual presentation was given by Adam Bienenstock, owner of the Dundas-based company, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds: "Where Will the Next Generation of Conservationists Come From?"
Adam spoke about his own experiences with nature growing up and what inspired him to create his business. He emphasized the importance of trees to communities at large, how they assist with the healthy development of children, and how we can encourage the youth of today to become stewards of the environment by connecting them with nature in a variety of ways. It should also be noted that all of the tree trunk sections featured in Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds have been salvaged from dead, dying or diseased trees.
New members are always welcome! In addition to holding monthly meetings, we host public events with outside speakers, go on field trips and lead guided walks (see below).
To date, two walking tours following the route of the the self-guided walking tour, a pamphlet first published in 2014 and updated in the fall of 2015, A Walking Tour of Heritage Trees in Downtown Dundas, were led by Warren Beacham and Ann Gillespie in May and October of 2015. Photos taken on the May tour are posted in a dedicated Photo Gallery. PDF version of 2014 brochure provided below.
Rare Chinquapin Oak now Recognized by Trees Ontario
First nominated by DVTK in 2012 the Chinquapin Oak in Fisher's Mill Park has finally been recognized by Trees Ontario as a provincially significant tree. Visit our Ontario Heritage Tree Program page for photos and more information.
Free Street Trees
Did you know that a tree can be ordered from the City of Hamilton and planted in a suitable location on the City's road allowance of your front yard. There are more than 50 species to choose from. For more information and to apply on-line, visit the Trees Hamilton website or call 905 546 2489.
ADVICE FROM A TREE
Stand tall and proud
Go out on a limb
Remember your roots
Drink plenty of water
Be content with your natural beauty
Enjoy the view!
More about the DVTK
Our general purpose is to provide information and enhance awareness about trees in our community. The group meets monthly for informal discussion and we occasionally present public events in Dundas. To find out more about what we've been up to go to Events.
The DVTK held a Heritage Tree Hunt in 2009. Go to Heritage Tree Hunt for details and results. The winner in the best overall category, the tulip tree at 35 Cross Street was nominated in 2010 for recognition as a Heritage Tree by Trees Ontario and is now one of a number of recognized trees throughout the province which are identified on this map provided on the Trees Ontario website. Click on the tree icon above Hamilton to open a pop-up window with a summary of the Dundas tree’s historical/ cultural significance. The DVTK recently submitted a second nomination for the Chinquapin Oak in Fisher's Mill Park, which was the winner in the rare category. Go to the new Ontario Heritage Tree Program page for photos of both trees.