Tree planting along Boyne honours National Tree Day

October 4, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek


Alliston Home Hardware Building Centre and Tree Canada celebrated the seventh annual National Tree Day on Sept. 28 by planting non-invasive and indigenous tree species along the Boyne River, and throughout Riverdale Park.
In the Fall of 2015, Alliston resident Fran Fagan, and Ward 1 Councillor, Marc Biss, began the Boyne River Cleanup – to remove garbage and broken tree limbs from Riverdale Park, and the banks of the Boyne River, while annually improving the natural tree canopy in this urban park.
In May 2016, Fagan and Biss partnered with the Town of New Tecumseth, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Rotary Club of Alliston, Alliston Lions Club, MyFM 92.1 and McDonald’s to take their imitative a step further and clean up after the Easter ice storm that devastated the tree canopy at Riverdale Park and other areas of New Tecumseth.
RBC donated $1,000 in 2016 and the Town of New Tecumseth planted two large trees with the donation.
In May 2017, the Boyne River Cleanup attracted dozens of volunteers as well as the support of the Town of New Tecumseth, RBC, Rotary Club of Alliston, Alliston Lions Club, MyFM, McDonald’s, Alliston BIA, Alliston & District Chamber of Commerce and employees at Alliston Home Hardware Building Centre.
“We are hoping that the tree plant that took place on Sept. 28 will attract additional sponsors and volunteers for the 2018 Boyne River Cleanup,” said Kim Ytsma, co-owner, Alliston Home Hardware Building Centre.
This is the second year that Alliston Home Hardware Building Centre has participated in Home Hardware’s annual tree plants with Tree Canada.
“We were excited to work with Tree Canada, The South Simcoe Streams Network, Alliston Community Christian School and Home Hardware Stores Limited on this important project,” said Ytsma. “We have enjoyed great support from the local community, and this is an excellent opportunity to give back in a real and tangible way to thank our customers and community for their support over the years.”
In Alliston, Basswood, Maple, Elderberry, Birch, Cedar, and Snowberry trees were planted.
In the river, these trees will provide a natural filtration solution, contributing to a clean and natural water shed.
On land, the trees will thicken the natural canopy, providing shade, helping to cool the water.
Overall, the trees will help to promote species development both on land and in the water.
This year, 37 Home Hardware locations will participate in tree planting initiatives across the country. Over the past 25 years, Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to improve green spaces across the country, planting over 24,343 large caliper urban trees valued at over $1.2 million.
National Tree Day falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week. This day is celebrated across the country with tree dedications, plantings, educational workshops, outdoor education walks, interpretive days, schoolyard plantings and seminars.
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. 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, over 80 million trees have been planted, over 554 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize 11 national urban forest conferences.
More information about Tree Canada is available at


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