A Walk In The Woods
At South Winds, we have always believed that we have a responsibility to act as good stewards of our natural spaces. It’s why we take great care in creating communities that support and enhance the local environment. And it’s why this year, we’re celebrating National Tree Day by planting 300 trees across the EdgeWater Estates community.
The History of National Tree Day
On March 2, 2011, at the urging of Tree Canada, the Canadian government passed Private Member’s Motion 575, officially declaring each Wednesday of National Forest Week as National Tree Day. The purpose of the Motion, introduced by former MP Royal Galipeau, was to inspire Canadians to “dedicate trees, plant trees, learn about trees and appreciate the historical impact the tree has had on Canada’s economic success as a nation.” This year, National Tree Day falls on September 25th.
South Winds Developments is Celebrating
In celebration of National Tree Day, South Winds President and CEO Stacey Graham will be joined by Middlesex Centre Mayor Aina DeViet at EdgeWater Estates where they will begin the process of planting 300 trees around the community.
Tips for Celebrating National Tree Day
So, you’re feeling inspired and ready to join in, but don’t necessarily know where to start. We get it. Sometimes it feels like an unbe-leaf-ably monumental task trying to plant a forest. But there are other simple ways to get involved, not just on National Tree Day or during National Forest Week, but all year round. Below are a few of our favourite ways to get involved.
- Plant a tree in your backyard. Even just one tree can make a difference. Not only do they beautify your yard, they also help filter CO2 out of the air, provide shade, prevent soil erosion, and create homes and food for local wildlife.
- Donate to a tree-planting organization. Many organizations help restore forests or plant trees in a variety of areas, both here at home in Canada and globally. Here are a few of our favourites: Forest Recovery Canada, Tree Canada, Trees for the Future, Eden Reforestation Projects, Plant with Purpose, One Tree Planted and TreeEra.
- Take a walk among the trees. South of EdgeWater Estates is the beautiful Komoka Provincial Park, which is home to one of the major remaining stretches of riparian forest in Southwestern Ontario. Residents and nemophilists can also enjoy the extensive trail network that winds its way through and around EdgeWater Estates.
- Nominate a Heritage Tree. In 2009, Forests Ontario, in partnership with Ontario Urban Forest Council, launched a Heritage Tree program, which collects and tells the stories of Ontario’s unique trees. Fun fact, just down the road from EdgeWater Estates in London, are two recognized heritage trees!