Sooke Home Hardware and Tree Canada are celebrating the seventh annual National Tree Day on Wednesday, September 27th by planting 11 chestnut trees at Ponds Corridor Park in Sooke, BC.
The plant site at Ponds Corridor Park was chosen because of its central location in honour of the local community. This is the first year that Sooke Home Hardware has participated in Home Hardware’s annual tree plants with Tree Canada.
“We’re excited to work together with Tree Canada and Home Hardware Stores Limited on this important project,” said Scott Gertsma, Dealer-Owner, Sooke Home Hardware. “We have enjoyed great support from the local community, and this is an excellent opportunity to give back in a real and tangible way to thank our customers and community for their support over the years.”
This year, 37 Home Hardware locations will participate in tree planting initiatives across the country. Over the past 25 years, Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to improve green spaces across the country, planting over 24,343 large caliper urban trees valued at over $1,200,000.
National Tree Day falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week. The day is celebrated across the country with tree dedications, plantings, educational workshops, outdoor education walks, interpretive days, schoolyard plantings and seminars.
“We are proud that Home Hardware is committed to improving the environment – now and for generations to come,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “To see such a widespread effort on the part of Home Dealers in communities across Canada is extremely inspiring and sets a great example for Canadians.”
The District of Sooke will be providing $2,000 in funding to facilitate the tree planting process and assist in this beautification project that will benefit trail users. The trees to be planted should all be over six feet tall. The event will take place at 4:00 pm for anyone interested in attending.
- Chestnuts can be roasted on the open fire, unless they are Horse Chestnuts (poisonous)
- Eleven Horse Chestnut trees will take root in the trail corridor between Church and Townsend on Wednesday
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