Mon, 09 Nov 2015
Big Brothers Big Sisters and IKEA volunteers dig in to help grow Oakville’s urban forest
This past Saturday, Mayor Rob Burton joined forestry staff and community volunteers at Coronation Park to plant trees and enjoy a number of related activities. The event was one in a series of planting events organized by Tree Canada.
“Today’s event celebrates our community’s interest in creating an even cleaner, greener Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the staff and families of IKEA, and Tree Canada for your time, enthusiasm and commitment to preserving our tree canopy.”
The community team planted 80 trees at the south/west corner of the waterfront park. Participants were guided through a number of educational and fun activities. Every volunteer tree planter went home with a decorated pot and seedling, a wood-cut pendant, and a greater appreciation for the many benefits that trees provide such as clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.
Tree Canada is the nation’s leader in tree-related programs and resources. This year the not-for-profit organization partnered with IKEA Canada to deliver a series of events across the country, designed to help grow the public’s knowledge and appreciation of trees.
"At IKEA, we strive to make a positive impact on the communities where we do business,” says Stefan Sjostrand, President, IKEA Canada. “We’ve enjoyed a special relationship with Tree Canada for more than 18 years, and believe that tree plantings are a great way for our co-workers to celebrate our commitment to sustainability and roll up our sleeves with young Canadians from across the country to appreciate all that nature has to offer.”
Tree Canada was the driving force behind the establishment of a National Tree Day in Canada, which falls on the third week of September.
"Growing in size every year, National Tree Day, along with events like these, helps remind Canadians of the importance of trees,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “They beautify our communities, naturally cool our cities in the summer, and combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions and producing oxygen, as well as help to improve human health."
This weekend’s successful planting event will help the town in its efforts to recover from the devastating effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation on our tree canopy. The town continues to follow best forest management practices to renew its urban forest by removing dead and dying ash trees from streets, parks and woodlands and establishing replanting sites in select locations.
Residents interested in taking part in tree plantings or becoming a volunteer Forest Health Ambassador can sign up to receive announcements of plantings and events, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Emerald Ash Borer web page for more information.
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992, nearly 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. The next Canadian Urban Forest Conference will take place in Laval, QC in 2016. Visit the Tree Canada website to learn more. www.treecanada.ca.