-28,000 trees planted during TD Tree Days events across Canada-
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - 5,000 volunteers. 85 events. 8 days.
Added up, the result is 28,000 trees planted during the second annual
TD Tree Days. This year TD Bank Group employees, their family and
friends, community partners and even the Great One himself - Wayne
Gretzky - joined together to enhance urban and rural forests across the
country through tree-plantings hosted by TD Friends of the Environment
TD Tree Days were held during September 2011 in Canada, and will debut
in the United States and the United Kingdom with events slated for
October 2011. Special events in Canada included plantings on September
21st to celebrate Canada's inaugural National Tree Day and a planting today
in Vancouver with Wayne Gretzky.
"We are thrilled to have so many passionate volunteers join the Great
One, Wayne Gretzky, to plant the roots of forest stewardship in
communities across Canada, as well as in the U.S. and U.K.," said Mary
Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment
Foundation. "Trees provide important economic, recreational and
ecological benefits to cities, from removing carbon dioxide to
buffering noise. What better way to celebrate the Year of the Forest
and Canada's First National Tree Day than by recognizing the important
role trees play in our environment?"
Highlights of TD Tree Days events across Canada:
Red Deer, Alberta - A small army of volunteers in Red Deer planted 254 trees at Kerry
Wood Nature Centre, planting more than double the originally planned
Gatineau, Quebec - Volunteers of all ages, including a one-year old volunteer
in-training, added 125 trees to the local forest canopy in
Etobicoke, Ontario - TD staff and their families planted 1,000 trees and shrubs at
Centennial Park, which will help establish a forest on a formerly open
Surrey, British Columbia - TD employees, their families and the Clover Ridge District Girl
Guides gathered in Black Creek Park to plant 280 trees. A mix of
salmonberry, thimbleberry, red alder and western red cedar were planted
to help control the growth of blackberries in the park, which are an
invasive species in the area.
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland & Labrador - With increased housing and development in the area, Manuels River Park
was also experiencing an increase in groundwater runoff. Local
volunteers planted 500 trees that will help to stabilize water runoff
in the park.
TD FEF worked with partners including Tree Canada to ensure volunteers
planted native species to help maximize their growing potential.
For more information visit www.tdtreedays.com
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $54 million in funding to
approximately 20,000 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 Group contributes in excess of $1 million
annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which
guarantees 100% 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.
Image with caption: "Wayne Gretzky joins TD volunteers for a TD Tree Days planting event in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. (CNW Group/TD Friends of the Environment Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5905_PHOTO_EN_3714.jpg
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