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Friday, 24 August 2012 12:21

Planting the roots for a greener Swift Current

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On Friday, September 7, Swift Current’s open spaces will be transformed thanks to the hard work of community volunteers and funding support from TD Green Streets and TD Tree Days. 

 

The City of Swift Current was one of 21 Canadian communities awarded a 2012TD Green Streets grant in recognition of its innovative approaches to municipal forestry. 

“The goal of TD Green Streets is to encourage the adoption of leading-edge practices in municipal forests, and we want to commend the City of Swift Current for developing a plan that will provide such a great enhancement to the environment,” said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  “The plantings will provide habitat and food for wildlife and improve air quality, as well as promote community involvement in the protection and preservation of our urban forest.”

“We congratulate the City of Swift Current for developing an initiative that will create an important green space in their community,” says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.  “We’re pleased to support the efforts of Swift Current and we look forward to seeing their plan come to life.”

The City was also selected as a site for TD’s annual TD Tree Days program. 

In total, volunteers will plant 250-300 trees and will help with general clean-up of the park areas.

“We would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment and Tree Canada for selecting the City of Swift Current as the recipient of a $15,000 TD Green Streets matching grant. This is an exciting project for Swift Current.  Trees planted will help to reduce soil erosion and will help to enhance our beautiful City by improving the look of recently developed and high traffic areas” says City of Swift Current Mayor Schafer.  

Community members interested in volunteering for the planting event on September 7, are invited to contact Peggy Marshall Stark & Marsh Go Green Friday Coordinator at (306) 773-7285 or Shawna Smuk at the City of Swift Current 778-2787.   Volunteers will be thanked with a lunch-time community bbq.

After the morning planting, the Mayor will participate in a ceremonial tree planting and will accept a cheque on behalf of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

 
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