Earth Day on April 22

April 22 is Earth Day. On this occasion, the Town of Sutton would like to announce various ecological actions: the renewal of the Dandelion Challenge in May and the distribution of trees and rainwater barrels on Saturday, May 18.

Dandelion Challenge

For the third year running, the Town of Sutton is taking up the Dandelion Challenge, inviting residents and municipalities not to mow their lawns in May until the dandelions have faded. Allowing dandelions to flower gives pollinating insects, including bees, the chance to feed abundantly on the pollen and nectar they need to thrive.

Lawns on municipal land will not be mowed, with the exception of the soccer and baseball fields.

Join the Dandelion Challenge if you have grass at home!

Free tree distribution

The Town of Sutton will distribute some 400 free deciduous and coniferous tree seedlings to residents on Saturday, May 18, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until the lot is sold out.

The distribution will be carried out by councillors who would like to take this opportunity to meet residents.

If you are interested in this offer, please come to the Town Hall on Saturday morning and show proof of residence. A maximum of two seedlings per address and/or owner will be given (please bring a bag).

These trees are offered free of charge by the Ministère de la Forêt, de la Faune et des Parcs and the Association forestière du Sud du Québec as part of Tree and Forest Month.

For more information on Tree Month activities, tree fact sheets and planting tips, visit

Subsidy program and distribution of rainwater harvesting barrels

For a second year, the Town of Sutton is offering a subsidy program for the purchase of rainwater harvesting barrels. The goal is to help save considerable quantities of drinking water from both the town’s aqueduct and private wells.

220-litre barrels, valued at $125, will be available at a cost of $50 plus tax ($57.50) for Sutton residents. In this second phase, 50 barrels will be distributed on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town Hall parking lot. A representative of the company that makes the barrels, Les Bariteux, will be on hand to give you your barrel and explain its operation and maintenance.

To reserve your barrel, send an e-mail with your name and address to [email protected]. Payment will be required upon delivery of the barrel, in cash only and for the exact amount. Proof of residence must be presented on site.

Share your tips!
If you or someone you know has installed a precipitation capture and storage system, whether for watering your garden, filling your pool, flushing your toilet or any other use where water from the aqueduct or well is replaced by precipitation water, we invite you to share your experience and any tips you may have for potential interested parties. Send us your photos and testimonials to [email protected]