On September 15th, Lorne, Clayton and I joined close to 60 volunteers at the TD Tree Days planting event here in Moncton, New Brunswick. We were asked to share our experience and some more information about this fabulous program.
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When we arrived, we kicked off the morning with a tree planting presentation by Heather Fraser, Natural Resource Program Coordinator with the City of Moncton in collaboration with the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance (PWA) Inc., who taught us about forest 2020, a reforestation project at McLaughlin Reservoir. We would be helping plant nearly 300 native trees in the area to help enhance the forest and help contribute to TD's goal to plant 1 million trees by 2030.
We also learned how to plant the trees and shrubs in the fields and young forest around us.
Throughout the morning, volunteers planted 300 native trees and bushes on the site. Clayton, Lorne and I planted a 3 to 5-year-old Ash tree and then about 15 bushes, including black chokecherry and many more.
The digging was a little tough for Clayton, but Lorne and I would help dig the holes, while Clayton was able to help put the trees into the holes and fill soil back in around the roots.
We spent a few hours helping and it was a great learning experience for both children. This started a conversation about reforestation, conservation and the importance of creating native forest environments. It was also a chance for us to contribute to a larger goal - TD's commitment to plant 1 million trees by 2030. It is wonderful to see this kind of support from them both at the local and national level.
To ensure that the right tree is properly planted in the right place, the City of Moncton's natural resource coordinator was consulted to provide the diversity of hardwood and softwood trees, including shrubs. The trees were all placed in the areas they needed to be planted, so they have optimal space and variety to grow into a native Acadian forest.
More About TD Tree Days
TD Tree Days is part of The TD Ready Commitment, a multi-year program helping open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. Since 2010, the TD Tree Days program has planted close to 395,000 native trees and shrubs to enhance green spaces across North America while bringing people together to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
As TD’s flagship volunteer and urban greening program, TD Tree Days provides TD employees, their families and friends, and community, the opportunity to volunteer and care for their local environment.
Throughout September and October, volunteers will help plant 38,000 trees at over 100 sites across Canada.
Forest 2020 TD Tree Day Planting September 15, 2019 Details:
1455 Chemin McLaughlin Rd, Moncton, NB
60+ Volunteers participating
280 Trees being planted
To learn more about the TD Tree Days program and sign up for an upcoming planting event near you, visit www.tdtreedays.com