Tree planters needed in Sarnia on Saturday

Three volunteer tree planters. October 2020. (Photo by Climate Action Sarnia-Lambton)

Climate activists, nature lovers and all local residents are being asked to come help plant some trees in a Sarnia park this Saturday.

Climate Action Sarnia-Lambton (CASL) is hosting a Community Tree Planting Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rainbow Park at 241 Christina Street.

CASL Spokesperson Maria Beauchamp.

“We’re hoping to have, obviously, as many volunteers as we can out for the event because it makes for light work.  We’re planning on planting approximately 350 native species trees in the park along one of the berms.”

Beauchamp said around 40 volunteers have signed up so far.  Those attending the event are asked to bring a mask.

“But also work gloves, closed toed shoes and a shovel if they can, and yeah, get the work done in a few hours and beautify the park.”

Beauchamp said the group has had two tree planting days at Mike Weir Park in the past.  This will be their first time at Rainbow Park.

“We’re trying to ramp it up to even more frequently than annual — sometimes we have one in the spring and one in the fall,” she said.  “The trees are definitely good for the environment by sequestering carbon, obviously, and producing oxygen.  So it’s multifaceted because of the beautification of the park and the climate benefits.”

Beauchamp said they’re planning on hosting the event rain or shine.

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