Earth Day Tree Planting in Churchill Park.

Over 100 volunteers showed up at Churchill Park for Earth Day tree planting Saturday. 815 trees and shrubs were planted in an effort to extend the forest edge and reduce the impact deeper into the forest by evasive species and litter. All the plants are native species to South Western Ontario, the same as those that already exist in the forest including red and sugar maple, red & white oaks, grey dogwood, black raspberry, nanny berry, bitter nut hickory, white pine, blue beach, ironwood and prickly goose berry. As well as the over 100 volunteers who planted trees the Junior Naturalists Club and the Young Environmental Science Alliance or the YES Alliance also helped get the plants into the ground The YES Alliance is a group of 12 teenagers from local high schools who meet to undertake environmental projects in the city every two weeks. The group is designed to engage students who would like to make environmental science their field of study post secondary. By showing students the practical applications in the field and giving them the opportunity to be involvement in local projects organizers hope to encourage some future environmental scientists and activists.

Duy Nguyen and his daughters 1 year old Ainsley and 4 year old Isla work together planting black raspberry plants as part of the forest expansion at Churchill Park Saturday for Earth Day.

1 year old Ainsley Nguyen carries the tools as she and her sister Isla and dad Duy work together planting raspberry plants.

Over 100 volunteers showed up at Churchill Park for Earth Day tree planting Saturday.

2 year old Charlie Forrest lends a hand planting trees as part of the forest expansion at Churchill Park Saturday for Earth Day. Charlie was planting with his mom Erica. This is Charlie’s third year planting trees for Earth Day – the first year he was 4 months old strapped to his mom in a baby carrier. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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