Locals to plant a tree on Earth Day 2017

April 6, 2017 by  

Earth Day events at Downsview Park will include tree planting and many other special activities.

This years’ Earth Day activities will honor the 117,000 Canadian soldiers the country has lost since Confederation, by supporting the Highway of Heroes. To create a ‘Living Tribute’, one tree will be planted for every veteran lost in the line of duty. The Highway of Heroes is a 170-kilometre section of Highway 401, chosen because it is part of the route used for funeral processions for soldiers.

In addition to planting a tree, attendees will be welcome to enjoy many of the other events happening at the park. There will be bird shows and beekeeping demonstrations, featuring wildlife commonly found in the park. Vendors from local farms will be on hand, sharing information about plants that grow in the park.

Upon arrival, attendees are asked to check-in at the registration table. Print companies may be tasked with supplying brochures and flyers for the park, including maps featuring the information required for attendees to give themselves a self-guided tour.

Participants are asked to preregister for this event, as the number of trees available for planting is limited. The event is free, but all attendees are asked to help support their local food bank, by donating a nonperishable food product.

The event takes place April 23 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parking is limited, so use of the TTC is recommended when traveling to Downsview Park. All tools required for the tree planting will be supplied. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.