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Happy Birthday Let’s Tree Wilmot!
Happy Third Birthday Let’s Tree Wilmot! (LTW). We have come a long way from March 11, 2020, planting 100 trees in our first (Covid) year to planting 1066 trees/shrubs and 600 tree seedlings in our own tree nursery last year. Instructional videos of ‘How to Plant a Tree’, ‘How to Prune a tree’ and more were created and posted on our YouTube channel. See HERE.
Our strong partnership continues with Wilmot Township. We celebrated receiving a $163,000 2 Billion Tree Grant Capacity Building from Natural Resources Canada over two years. The grant provides the opportunity to grow LTW even more.
What are we up to this year? Of course, we are planting more trees but it is critical that the trees we plant survive. Working with the Township, we are exploring the best methods of watering the newly planted trees for their first two years. Monitoring the survival rates and tree health will be a larger part of our programming. More educational videos will be created and shared beyond our own tree-planting community. We have strong ties with Trees for Woolwich and Reep Green Solutions (Kitchener).
Our tree nursery will expand by another 800 seedlings in April. This project is important as the industry has a shortage of native trees and soon we will be able to use our own stock.