Conservation Halton held its tenth Annual Trees for Watershed Health Tree Planting this past Saturday, May 2, 2015, with more than 250 people planting 2,500 trees and shrubs. The planting, in partnership with the Town of Milton took place at Lions Sports Park, 99 Thompson Road (near the intersection of Thompson Road South and Main Street East).
This was Conservation Halton’s tenth annual Trees for Watershed Health Community Tree Planting and its first in an urban setting. The event was launched in 2006 with the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and has resulted in more than 4,950 volunteers planting in excess of 50,000 trees.
Conservation Halton would like to extend a thank you to the government of Ontario and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for providing financial support for this planting.
“On behalf of Conservation Halton I would like to thank all the volunteers who took time to plant trees with us on Saturday morning. We are so appreciative of their efforts to improve our natural environment,” said Ken Phillips, Conservation Halton Chief Administrative Officer. “I would also like to thank the Town of Milton for partnering on our first Trees for Watershed Health community planting in an urban environment. Thank you as well to our funding partners TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Government of Ontario.”
This annual community event is open to individuals, families or small groups. The event was free of charge and included a complimentary lunch.
About Trees for Watershed Health
Launched in 2006, Trees for Watershed Health is a Conservation Halton community outreach program designed to engage watershed residents and community groups in tree planting. The program was started to bring communities and nature together to help increase forest cover in the Halton watershed.
This program was launched by a multi-year grant given to Conservation Halton by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and started on Earth Day, April 22, 2006. Conservation Halton continues to hold an annual tree planting event on or around this date.