MEDIA ADVISORY: TREE PLANTING EVENTS

print-logo September 20, 2017

Community Partners and Volunteers in Port Hope To Celebrate National Forest Week With Tree Planting Events

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Port Hope, ON

The Municipality of Port Hope is about to get a lot greener as the community gears up to celebrate National Forest Week with three tree recognition events taking place at various parks throughout the Municipality.

On Sunday, September 24, 300 new trees will be planted by more than 50 volunteers at Baulch Road Park as part of the eighth annual TD Tree Days. This year, TD's flagship volunteer program will add its 300,000th tree to the Canadian landscape with more than 8,000 volunteers at over 150 sites across Canada. Baulch Road Park is a new facility within the Municipality of Port Hope, and the Municipality and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority are pleased to have the support from TD Tree Days to increase tree cover within the Park for the benefit of all park users.

On Thursday, September 28, maple trees will be planted by volunteers at Wladyka Park, located at 120 Rose Glen Road in Port Hope. This event is sponsored by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Immediately following at 12:15 p.m., the Forests Ontario Heritage Tree ceremony will take place, where an Ontario-wide heritage tree award will be presented to the Municipality by Forests Ontario and the TD Bank in recognition of the Mighty Oaks, located at King’s Field.

National Forest Week takes place from September 24 to 30 and the Municipality is pleased to celebrate these dedicated events. All events are free and open to the public. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Details: Three Tree Celebration Events for National Forest Week:

TD Tree Days Planting Event
Baulch Road Park, 2230 Baulch Road, Port Hope, ON
Sunday, September 24, 2017
9:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – Maple Tree Planting Event
Wladyka Park, 120 Rose Glen Road in Port Hope, ON
Thursday, September 28, 2017
11:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.

Forests Ontario Heritage Tree Ceremony
King’s Field, 20 Victoria Street South, Port Hope, ON
Thursday, September 28, 2017
12:15 P.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

Photo Opportunities Available:
• volunteers planting native tree species
• Forests Ontario award ceremony heritage oak trees

About TD Tree Days:
As a component of TD Forests, TD Tree Days invests in the health of our urban tree canopies, and offers TD employees, their families, and our community partners, a fun, easy and rewarding way to give back and help green the communities in which they live and work. Launched in 2010 as a national employee engagement program in Canada, TD Tree Days has evolved into TD's flagship volunteer program, engaging employees, customers and community partners in three countries. Since 2010, more than 20,000 volunteers have helped plant 285,000 trees in over 250 communities across Canada. In 2017, volunteers will come together to help plant the 300,000th tree. For more information and to register, visit tdtreedays.com

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
From schoolyard naturalization and energy conservation, to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country. Since 1990, TD FEF has supported over 25,000 projects with over $82 million in funding. Funding recommendations are made by one of eight Regional Advisory Boards across the country, ensuring that decision-making is local, relevant and impactful. And, because TD covers the management and administrative costs of running TD FEF, 100 per cent of every dollar donated to the Foundation supports local environmental projects in the communities in which the donation was made. For more information on how to donate or to get involved in your community, visit tdfef.com.

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For more information about the Municipality of Port Hope, please contact:
Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca

For more information about TD Tree Days, please contact:
Sarah Micak
TD Bank Group
416-308-3687
Sarah.Micak@td.com

For information about the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, please contact:
Amy Griffiths
Marketing and Communications Officer
905-885-8173 x235
agriffiths@grca.on.ca

For information about Forests Ontario, please contact:
Jeannette Holder
Communications Manager
416-646-1193 x257
jholder@forestsontario.ca