Planting trees within the community has become tradition for Parrsboro Home Hardware during the last week of September. The last week in September marks National Forest Week, with Maple Leaf Day celebrated on the last Wednesday in September.
This year's location for the annual tree planting for Parrsboro Home Hardware, in conjunction with Tree Canada, was the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45.
"This site was selected to thank and honour our veterans who are an important part of our community," said Heidi Blenkhorn employee of Parrsboro Home Hardware and manager of Heidi's Garden Centre.
For the last 10 years Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to plant trees in neighbourhoods and communities across the country at more than 275 tree plantings.
The average Canadian city tree will absorb about 200 kg of carbon over an 80-year period. On an annual basis this translates to 2.5 kg of carbon/tree.
In addition to the thousands of native evergreen trees that dealers have planted over the years, the company (Home Hardware stores) has donated more than $460,000 to Tree Canada. These funds were raised through the sale of specially selected items.
On Sept. 9, preparation for the tree planting was completed at the site. A new roadway was built, tree locations were chosen, gravel and topsoil were trucked in and the area behind the legion was excavated, leveled and landscaped.
"Arnold Wood from Arnold Wood Construction and Excavation and Kevin Wasson from Arlene Canning Fuels helped make the project come to life," Blenkhorn said. "Without their generous support, the planting would not have taken place. I would recommend their work to anyone. Arnold amazes me with his skill running his excavator. I also want to thank my brother Ben for volunteering his time."
"Tree Canada is a vital organization for our country and we're proud to be a gold sponsor of Maple Leaf Day," Blenkhorn said, adding that by participating in Maple Leaf Day they're able to say thank you to the community in a way that will not only benefit the natural environment but contribute to the overall health of Parrsboro.