The Village of Merrickville-Wolford was presented with a plaque on Friday to commemorate their involvement in Tree Canada’s special Canada 150 project. Tree Canada is the country’s largest not-for-profit tree planting organization. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Tree Canada received money from the Canadian Government and CN Rail to fund 150 tree-planting initiatives across the country. At least one town, city, or organization was chosen from each of the provinces and territories.
Program Manager, Megan Quinn, was on hand to present the plaque to the Village, and MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark were also there to offer their congratulations. “Smaller communities like Merrickville-Wolford add a personal touch,” Megan says, explaining why she chose the municipality as one of the successful applicants. “It makes a huge impact, and people will be able to appreciate it in an area that gets used a lot.”
MP Gord Brown congratulated Merrickville-Wolford for being progressive and forward thinking in applying for the grant. “It’s a wonderful community to be a part of the project,” he said.
The approximately 50 trees and shrubs were planted in Eastons Corners, around Centennial Hall, in October. “It looks really nice,” says Manager of Public Works, Dave Powers.
The trees and shrubs which were planted are all native to the area, with one maple representing Canada, another tree representing Ontario, and a third representing the indigenous people of the area, as per Tree Canada guidelines.
The commemorative plaque will be placed on the stone marker at the entrance to the community park to mark the occasion for years to come.