FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Tree Planting with Conservation Halton and the Waterdown Lions Club
Community members are invited to get involved on Saturday, October 30th from 10am – 2pm along the Waterdown Wetlands Trail to help plant 300 native trees and shrubs
October 27, 2021
HAMILTON - Conservation Halton has partnered with Waterdown Lions Club, the City of Hamilton, and Niagara College to restore and enhance the natural area of the community by managing invasive species, rehabilitating the creek, and planting native species to improve the overall health of the ecosystem. Support for this Saturday’s tree planting at Joe Sams Leisure Park has been provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, through funds that the Foundation provides for eligible environmental initiatives such as protecting greenspaces and delivering educational programs.
“The Waterdown Lions Club is very happy to assist with Joe Sams Park Grindstone Creek rehabilitation,” said Andrew Haggert from Waterdown Lions Club. The Waterdown Wetlands Trail is an important natural feature in the region that serves the community as a multi-use recreational park with natural areas preserved on either side of Grindstone Creek. In 2008, the City of Hamilton developed a master plan for Joe Sams Leisure Park, which included the restoration of Grindstone Creek to reduce erosion and stabilize the creek bank.
Conservation Halton’s mission is to help protect this natural environment for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Waterdown Wetlands Trail reforestation project will help to help increase biodiversity, provide food and habitat for local wildlife, and restore the creek at Joe Sams Park.
The community is invited to get involved by helping to plant 300 native trees and shrubs along the Waterdown Wetlands Trail this Saturday, October 30th, 2021. All ages and abilities are welcome. Parking will be available at the north entrance near the ball diamonds and pavilion. Registration is through Eventbrite for 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
- Volunteers are asked to wear a mask, long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring water and your own shovel, if possible. Conservation Halton will provide gloves and shovels for those who need them. Once registered, volunteers will receive a COVID-19 screening questionnaire a day prior to the event to ensure a safe workday for all.
Erin Mallon, Landowner Outreach Technician
905-336-1158 ex. 2285