The TD Friends of the Environment and the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority celebrated the ninth annual TD Tree Day here in the Sault on Saturday morning by planting over 150 trees on the land where Sir James Dunn School used to stand.
This event takes place across Canada each year in the fall; giving people the chance to volunteer their time and make their communities greener.
Local TD Bank Site Leader Matt Consack said he thinks initiatives like this are an important way to give back to the community.
“I think it’s huge to give back to a community, especially for causes like this,” he said. “Whenever we can get out there and do something that’s positive, TD’s all about that. We have green initiatives, we’re involved a lot in the community – this is a big one here.”
Consack went on to explain how being part of this initiative was his goal when he started at TD.
“It’s important to give back to the community that you live in and it’s important to do things like this that’s going to keep it beautiful for the next generation,” he said.
Deane Greenwood, Tree Plant Advisor for the local TD Tree Plant and Trail Guide for the Conservation Authority, has been involved with this project since it’s inception nine years ago. He told SaultOnline that in those nine years, over 1,200 trees have been planted in various locations around the Sault.
“Trees are the ecosystem and trees are very important for the health of our air and the protection of our ground,” he explained. “This area is in a centre part of town in the East end, and the trees provide shade to walkers of this greenspace and are quite important to our landscape.”
Greenwood said choosing a site can sometimes be difficult in the North due to tree and weed overgrowth in so many areas. Despite this, trees have been planted in locations around the city, such as the Landslide Hill area and the Fort Creek Conservation Area, where trees were planted along the Hub Trail nine years ago as it was expanded into the Conservation Area.
Recently, TD and the Conservation Authority were joined by Clean North in this initiative. Adjacent to this year’s planting site is a community garden also run by Clean North. Greenwood said this is a “win-win” situation, as the gardeners can also keep an eye on the trees “for years to come.”
Don McGorman, a volunteer representative for Clean North, told SaultOnline about his involvement in choosing this year’s planting site.
“When I watched Sir James Dunn High School come down a couple of years ago, I approached Algoma District School Board asking if we could plant trees on this site for community tree planting,” he explained.
The school board agreed, as long as the trees were planted where they didn’t need to cut any lawn.
“In the long run it’ll save them money on lawn care, and we’ll grow the forest edge out into the field where the high school used to be.”
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