The County of Wellington Living Snow Fence Programme

The County of Wellington Living Snow Fence Programme fully subsidizes the planting of potted trees with a planting incentive programme. The Green Legacy is working with the County Engineering Services Department on locating sites and pairing volunteers with landowners to make these plants possible. A good example of the effect of tree wind breaks can be seen at the University of Guelph Experimental Farm on Wellington rd #7 south of Elora. There is evidence of significant cost savings in winter road maintenance, as well as increased road safety and environmental benefits from these trees to both the community and the farmer.

Photograph of a living snow fence.  Young trees planted between crops

How can the County of Wellington help you?

  1. Assist with planning windbreak, and living snow fence projects
  2. Trees are provided by the Green Legacy to the landowners for free
  3. Assist in developing partnerships between local schools and organizations to plant the trees free of charge

Benefits of Wind Breaks and Living Snow Fences

  • Help Farmers adapt to climate change
  • Durability of food production
  • Trees are a production tool, just like seed, soil and machinery
  • Potentially raise crop yields- by 25% or more in some areas
  • Improve road conditions
  • Erosion control
  • Moderation of soil and air temperatures
  • Increase Carbon Sequestration
  • Water Conservation
  • Can reduce heating cost (as much as 30%) when planted around buildings
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Potential revenue from wood products and maple syrup
  • Landscape beauty, Agri-tourism