Vancouver park board sells thousands of trees at $10 each

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      Vancouver Tree Week has gotten off to a rockin' beginning.

      Today, the park board reported that 3,000 trees were sold leading up to this celebration of timber, saplings, and seedlings, which takes place from April 2 to 10.

      Twenty-two varieties were being offered to Vancouver residents for $10 each, including confers and fruit trees. The city's goal is to add 150,000 trees by 2020 to help purify the air, manage rain water, enhance animal habitat, and improve Vancouverites' health and well-being.

      Vancouver Tree Week continues today and tomorrow with screenings of "The Man Who Planted Trees", which won the Oscar for best animated short film and the Palme d'Or in 1987.

      Tonight's show is at 7 p.m. at Eastside Family Place (1655 William Street) and will include a lecture from arborist David Tracey.

      Tuesday's (April 5) screening, which will also be accompanied by a lecture from Tracey, is at 7:15 at Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch Street in Connaught Park).

      The Vancouver Tree Book, which Tracey wrote, will be launched at 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 6) at Book Warehouse (4188 Main Street).

      Vancouver Tree Week continues on Thursday (April 7) with a tree-identification walk in Thornton Park, beginning at 6 p.m.