Home Hardware Dealers Plant Trees from Coast to Coast to Celebrate National Tree Day

ST. JACOBS, ON, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Home Hardware Dealers across the country are celebrating the first National Tree Day today by planting trees in 22 communities from coast to coast as part of the company's longstanding relationship with Tree Canada.

"With over 1,080 stores across Canada, Home Dealers are proud to give back to their communities," said Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. "Trees help to conserve energy, improve air and water quality and provide wildlife habitat.  This project aligns perfectly with our company's ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible."

September 21, 2011 marks the first National Tree Day in Canada. On March 2, 2011 the House of Commons passed Motion-575 to declare the Wednesday of National Forest Week, as National Tree Day. National Tree Day is celebrated across the country with tree dedications, plantings, educational workshops, outdoor education walks, interpretive days, schoolyard plantings and seminars.

"We are proud that Home Hardware is enthusiastic about this new historic day," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.  "It's fantastic to see Dealers in communities large and small, urban and rural, doing their part for the environment, and setting a great example for all Canadians."

Over the past 12 years Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to improve green spaces across the country.  It is estimated that each day, one large tree gives enough oxygen to supply four people, sequesters carbon and other pollutants and can help lower heating and cooling costs up to 50%.

Home Hardware Dealers have donated over $540,000 to Tree Canada through the support of special sales. In 2011, the following Home Hardware stores will participate in tree plantings:

  • Duncan Home Hardware Building Centre, Duncan, BC
  • Invermere Home Hardware Building Centre, Invermere, BC
  • Hauser Home Hardware Building Centre, Camrose, AB
  • Sommer Home Hardware, Ponoka, AB
  • Craig Home Hardware Building Centre, Hudson Bay, SK
  • Rawlings Home Hardware, Hamiota, MB
  • Snow Lake Home Building Centre, Snow Lake, MB
  • Arkona Home Hardware, Arkoma, ON
  • Beach Builders Supplies, Wasaga Beach, ON
  • Belle River Home Hardware, Belle River, ON
  • Casselman Plywood Centre De Renovation Home Hardware Building Centre, Casselman, ON
  • Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre, Peterborough, ON
  • Dresden Home Hardware, Dresden, ON
  • Gravenhurst Home Hardware, Gravenhurst, ON
  • Harris Home Hardware, London, ON
  • Iroquois Falls Home Building Center, Iroquois Falls, ON
  • Shields Home Hardware, Coboconk, ON
  • Stainton Hardware, Wingham, ON
  • Simms Home Hardware Building Centre, Fredericton, NB
  • Toner Home Hardware, Grand Falls, NB
  • Proudfoots Home Hardware Building Centre, Pictou, NS
  • Home Hardware - Charlottetown, Charlottetown, PEI

About Home Hardware Stores Limited

100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes more than 1,080 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that works with sponsors, donors and communities to plant and care for rural and urban trees, promotes urban forests in Canada and facilitates carbon offset projects with 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.

SOURCE Home Hardware Stores Limited

For further information:

Lindsey Dietrich, Public Relations Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited at 519-664-2252 ext. 6676 or lindsey.dietrich@homehardware.ca

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