The Environment Committee champions issues affecting our greenspace and community. It supports the BCA in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities on environmental matters by providing a local perspective and leading initiatives on:

  • Health, protection, and a safe enjoyment of the natural environment;
  • Beautification of our community;
  • Prosperity and proliferation of trees and the tree canopy;
  • Management of invasive species;
  • Awareness around air quality;
  • Local actions that focus on climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • Promotion of environmental awareness and providing opportunities for community participation in environmentally-related activities.

The Environment Committee leads initiatives related to the beautification of our wonderful community with the goal to enhance the liveability of our neighbourhood. Initiatives include the Community Clean-Up, information sharing on environment-related topics, Garage Sale and Recycling events, and the implementation of volunteer gardens. Two sub-committees work closely with the Environment Committee – the Tree Team and the Climate Change Team.

The BCA Tree Team does important work maintaining and enhancing the tree canopy in Blackburn Hamlet. The Tree Team welcomes everyone and is a place that brings together individuals committed to protecting Blackburn Hamlet’s natural environment, and increasing tree canopy and greenspace. The team is happy to collaborate with the CAFES Neighbourhood Canopy Regeneration Project in conjunction with Ecology Ottawa. Visit our Tree Team Page for more information and if you are interested in volunteering with the Tree Team contact

Visit our LDD (Spongy Moth page if you are concerned about infestations in Blackburn Hamlet.

The Climate Change Team’s goal is to information, bring people together, and facilitate community initiatives related to air quality and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Anyone interested in or with ideas about air quality and climate change (for instance, low-carbon resilient buildings) is encouraged to get in touch at

If you are interested in planning an environment related initiative, please contact and be part of our environment team! We would love to hear your ideas!

BCA Environment Committee

  • Adopt a Tree – Thank You!
    Thank you to everyone who applied to adopt one of our fruit trees/shrubs this year through Adopt a Tree. Please join us in congratulating: Sophie & Eric who adopted Rose the Canada Plum; Alexander and Janelle who adopted Penny the Pin Cherry; Stephen and Dawn who adopted Vibury the Highbush Cranberry; and Mary who adopted
  • Free Trees!
    For those who missed out on our tree giveaway during the Garage Sale, the BCA tree team and Ecology Ottawa will be handing out free saplings near the entrance to the Blackburn Metro store from 9am to Noon on May 29. What trees will we have available? We’re going to have more tree species variety
  • Home Energy Retrofit
    For those who missed the Home Energy Refit webinar organized by the BCA and conducted by Envirocentre you can now view the session on the Envirocentre Youtube Channel.  We also encourage you to check out other great videos on their channel that cover a variety of Environmental topics such as Climate Change, Rain Gardens, Micromobility,
  • Blackburn Hamlet Community Garage Sale
    May 7th, 8:00-2:00 Think green! Help minimize what goes in the trash.  Check out our Donation Guide for unsold items.  Monetary donations are also accepted at the LifeCentre Food Bank.  Together let’s make a difference! Blackburn Hamlet Garage Sale – Donation Guide Drop off: Blackburn Community Hall, Saturday, May 7th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM Item
  • How To Plant A Tree
    The tree and shrub canopy in Blackburn Hamlet is second to none in the National Capital Region. By planting younger, hardier trees, we are ensuring this canopy can be enjoyed by generations to come. PLANNING The first step is identifying a suitable location. The type of tree should be “the right fit” with the right
  • 20th Annual Blackburn Hamlet Spring Clean-up
    When: Saturday April 30 at 9:30 a.m. Rain date: Sunday May 1st at 9:30 a.m. Where: Blackburn Community Hall 190 Glenpark Drive Along with many other communities of the Ottawa area, the Blackburn Community Association holds an annual Spring Clean-Up.  Please volunteer to help us out; we will assign you a small area of Blackburn


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