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Green Streets $15,000 grant helps plant heritage trees in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County Parks, Culture and recreation Commissioner Barry Braun, Tree Canada's Jim McCready, Picton BIA Executive Director Roni Summers Wickens, TD Friends of Environment's Golda Lafferty and PEC Mayor Peter Mertens ceremoniously 'plant' a Ginkgo Biloba tree - the oldest specimen in Canada. Both insect and disease resistant, the tree can live for about 750 years.

PEC Parks, Culture and Recreation Commissioner Barry Braun and PEC Mayor Peter Mertens receive the $15,000 grant from Golda Lafferty of the TD Friends of the Environment.

The Picton Business Improvement Area hosted an afternoon garden party Tuesday at the Shire Hall parkette in Picton to celebrate the announcement of a $15,000 TD Green Streets matching grant for tree planting in “urban” Prince Edward County locations.
BIA executive director Roni Summers-Wickens explained the greening is a collaborative project with the County’s Parks, Culture and Recreation department, local businesses and County groups such as the Prince Edward Stewardship Council which identified heritage trees that should be preserved and planted in Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington.

Picton BIA Executive Director Roni Summers Wickens thanks Pat Dubyk for her initiative to create the Shire Hall parkette greenspace and inspiration to complete the Green Streets application.

She was especially pleased the first tree would be planted at the Shire Hall parkette “which was a vacant property until Pat Dubyk took the initiative to organize the creation of a green space and inspired us to make this application.”
Dubyk noted the space was made possible with the assistance of many people and with help from Scott Wentworth Landscape Group, Picton Home Hardware, Terra Vista and Dan Claxton Electric.
A record 110 applications were submitted to the 2010 TD Green Streets program, and Prince Edward County is one of 20 groups selected from across the country to receive a grant.
The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada announced recipients of the 2011 TD Green Streets program which provides grants of up to $15,000 to green Canadian municipalities. The funds are to be used for tree planting, as well as maintenance and educational activities.
This year TD Green Streets received applications from 103 municipalities, Business Improvement Areas and First Nations communities across Canada. The selected applications ranged from sustainable tree maintenance and the construction of arboretums to tree watering technology research.
“This is no small feat get this grant,” said Jim McCready, of Tree Canada. “There were 110 applications divided into five regions – and in Ontario there were 42 applications for grants and yours was top notch in six areas of criteria. Great for a small town going against the likes of Mississauga, Waterloo and Ottawa with your trees for trails heritage program”
“We celebrate this collaboration,” said Golda Lafferty, of TD Friends of the Environment. “The idea is to help to advance greening of our communities in the region and we’re glad to share in the enthusiasm.”

About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $54 million in funding to over 19,500 grassroots environment and wildlife projects across Canada.  In 2010, TD FEF provided more than $3.5 million in support of 970 projects. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank Financial Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually.  TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated goes directly to funding environment and wildlife projects in the community where the donation was made.  For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit www.tdfef.com.

A garden party followed the Green Streets announcement while Terra Vista employees completed the planting of the new Ginkgo Biloba tree.

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