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November 1, 2017

By Brian Reid

WE DID — 200 TIMES!!


On Saturday, October 21st, members of the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area Advisory Committee and 25 community volunteers, planted 200 trees on Nature Area lands as part of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute project.

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The trees were provided by the Highway of Heroes group – non-profit organization who have undertaken the task of planting 117,000 trees along a corridor of Highway 401 from Trenton to Toronto, Ontario.  Each tree represents a Canadian soldier who has been killed in combat since Canada became a nation in 1867.  Funding for the project is provided y corporate and private donations.

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“It was wonderful to see so many people come out to volunteer their time and energy in support of this project said SWNA Committee Chairperson, Brian Reid.  “We owe a special thank you to Lloyd’s Landscaping of Enniskillen”, said Reid.  President, Brian Cotter arranged for the firm to provide equipment and an operator to pre-dig the 200 large holes required for the project.  Much of the planting was done in an area of heavy ground cover.  “To have done this all manually would have taken days”, said Reid.

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Regional Councillor Willie Woo welcomed and thanked the volunteers on behalf of Mayor Adrian Foster.  Mike Hurley, Manager of Fundraising and Communications for the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute, was on hand to express appreciation from his group.

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The Samuel Wilmot Nature Area Advisory Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this worthwhile project such a success.

Thanks for “digging in”!!

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Article by Brian Reid

Photos by Leo Blindenbach, Kate Potter and Brian Reid







3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2017 8:33 am

    Thanks to the committee and all the volunteers for their hard work in completing such a worthwhile project.

  2. Mike Goleski permalink
    November 1, 2017 11:26 am

    Great news! So proud of our soldiers and those tree planters!

  3. david best permalink
    November 1, 2017 11:47 am

    Looks like a job well done, Brian; great to here from you, missed you at the butterfly session I was late getting there; walked around the whole walkway on the west side of the creek. DaveB

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