TREES FOR EARTH DAY

Close to 40 volunteers turned out for the annual Earth Day tree planting. They started arriving before 9:00 a.m. to do their bit for Mother Earth at the Mel Start/Lake Gibson Conservation Area on Saturday. Besides planting trees, they helped prune, pick up garbage, straighten a birdhouse pole, and other tasks that needed to be done. The Conservation Area’s Fundraising Committee organized the event and brought 150 trees for planting, in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Committee member and proprietor of Print Three in Thorold, Bill VanderKlippe, tries to straighten pole. Wouldn’t want any eggs rolling out.

New gravel and a graded the parking lot invited some genius to add donuts and ruts in the grass.

Committee Chair Rosaire Tisdall gives the crew their marching orders.

Committee member and Thorold City Councillor Fred Neale plants a tree when not supervising.

It took less than 2 hours to plant the 150 trees with all those people pitching in.

No, it isn’t vandalism. Some of the older trees required pruning.

It’s amazing what you’ll find thrown out in a conservation area.

All work and no play… Who needs snow to play on the toboggan hill?

It takes teamwork to plant a tree.

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