Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tree Appreciation Day in #Saanich Nov 4 #yyj

Mayor Frank Leonard has proclaimed Sunday, November 4, 2012 as Tree Appreciation Day in Saanich.

Many benefits and values come from trees including a very specific sense of place, aesthetics, air quality, property value, soil and water conservation and protection of the environment. The planting and preservation of trees is an action that yields long range benefits.

Saanich’s Significant Tree Advisory Committee and Saanich Parks, in cooperation with BC Hydro and Pacific Forestry Centre are looking for volunteers in our community to help plant trees and shrubs as detailed below. No experience is necessary. Time at all locations is 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon.

Swan Creek (Kent Road) where native trees and shrubs will be planted along banks of Swan Creek where Golden Willows were removed in 2011 and to out-compete Reed Canary Grass. Parking is available in main parking lot on Kent Road.

Whitehead Park (Goward Road/Prospect Lake Road) where native trees and shrubs will be planted along Tod Creek in areas where Golden Willows and Yellow Flag Iris were removed in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Parking is available in parking lots on Goward Road or Prospect Lake Road.

Mt. Douglas Park where native trees and shrubs will be planted along the Douglas Trail off Ash Road as restoration for 2012 Creek improvements and along Glendenning Trail in areas where invasive species have been removed. Limited parking is available on Glendenning Road or along Cedar Hill Road. For Ash Road planting, parking is available in the main washroom parking lot off the Parkway.

Drinks, snacks and planting tools will be provided to volunteers.

For event information please contact Saanich Parks at 250-475-5522 or e-mail parks@saanich.ca

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