The Green Legacy Logo

The Story of the Green Legacy Programme

In 2004, The Green Legacyᴼᴹ was just a simple idea to plant 150,000 trees to celebrate the County's 150 year anniversary. That idea has grown to over two million trees planted in the County of Wellington by community partners, making it the largest municipal tree planting programme in North America!

Office at the Green Legacy Nursery, original 1800's farmhouse

The Green Legacy has caught the attention of the United Nations. In 2010, the programme was recognized under the Billion Tree Campaign for their help in the fight against climate change.

Watch the Green Legacy Programme Documentary. This 16-minute video provides a nice overview of what we do.


The environment remains a very significant political, social and economic issue that involves all levels of government. Tree planting is an easy but effective way to improve the environment. The County fosters local initiative by providing trees free of charge to its residents and community groups.

Please visit the Tree Order page to request trees.

Other Benefits Include

4 Nursery Green houses and the shade area built of metal frame/shade

  • Provide beauty and shade
  • Water quality protection
  • Improved air and soil quality
  • Natural windbreaks
  • Improve health
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Supports wildlife habitats
  • Community and business appeal

Tree planting is the act of putting down roots and contributing to the future. The Green Legacyᴼᴹ will grow for many years to come.

The Warden's Tree Planting

The Green Legacy Programme is responsible for organizing the Warden’s Tree Planting which has been an annual event for County and member Municipal staff since 2006.

The site chosen for the planting is located within the current Warden’s municipality when possible. Over the years, the plantings have occurred on privately owned lands, conservation authority lands, a municipal storm water management area, schools, local park, the County nursery, County landfill site and a religious retreat location. The types of plantings have ranged from farm windbreaks, living snow fences along roads, wetland buffers, conservation lands and urban parks. 

Staff appreciate the opportunity to volunteer their time and get out of the office to plant the trees. The 100 plus staff that attend this annual event have planted 2,000 - 3,000 seedlings at the sites over the years. Current years we have focused on planting larger potted stock. 

The Warden’s Planting is an excellent opportunity for building team spirit, fostering a land ethic and building our Green Legacy.

View the Warden's Tree Planting Story Map 

Related Links


Potted hardwood species in the shade house at Green Legacy ProgrammePotted coniferous species in the shade house at Green Legacy Nursery

Nursery Locations: 

Bradford Whitcombe Green Legacy Tree Nursery
6714 Wellington Rd 34
Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0

  • Download Map
  • Hours:  Monday - Friday 9am-3:30pm, Saturdays upon request. 

Northern Green Legacy Tree Nursery
8554 Line 6
Damascus (Wellington North), ON N0G 1A0