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Trees Ontario

April 29, 2011 11:00 ET

York Region Digs In to Help Turn Ontario Green at Community Planting Event

Give Back This Spring, With a Forest of Trees

EAST GWILLIMBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2011) -

Attention: News, Environment, Community, Event Calendars, Forestry, Reporters

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On Thursday May 5, the Regional Municipality of York, Trees Ontario and local partners will be hosting a free community tree planting event in East Gwillimbury with local York Region employees, community groups and members of the general public.

Hosted by the Regional Municipality of York and Trees Ontario, this Annual Community Planting Event is designed to bring York Region employees, their families and friends and members of the public together to take part in an afternoon of tree planting activities, promoting community engagement and environmental action. The event aims to engage communities in local reforestation projects and build profile around the importance of trees, shade and green urban spaces.

Participant Information:

Events are rain or shine. To participate in the event, all you need to bring is a shovel, gardening gloves and lots of energy! The Regional Municipality of York and Trees Ontario will supply the rest - the trees, forestry specialists, mulch and snacks. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes (steel toe if possible), a hat and sunscreen. Parking will be available.

Families are invited to celebrate spring in a unique way by planting trees to create their own local family legacy.

Media are also invited to join the tutorials and tree planting event.

For more information and to register to participate in this free tree planting event, please visit:

WHAT:York Region and Trees Ontario Community Planting Event
DATE: Thursday, May 5
Regional Municipality of York Operations Centre
90 Bales Drive East, East Gwillimbury, ON
WHEN:3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
PARTNER:Regional Municipality of York

Click here to register

Trees Ontario

Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is the largest, not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America. It is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through a range of tree planting activities.

The goal of Trees Ontario is to restore the province's tree planting capacity, especially throughout southern Ontario on private lands, by providing funding and planning support for its tree planting partners. These include local Conservation Authorities, Ontario Stewardship Councils, municipal governments and community volunteer groups.

This year, with its partners, Trees Ontario will plant over 3 million trees. Its goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees per year by 2015. Help us save the environment. One tree at a time. To participate, donate and to learn more visit the Trees Ontario website at

The Regional Municipality of York

Through the Greening Strategy, York Region partners with groups like Trees Ontario to help increase forest cover and protect a healthy natural heritage system for future generations. Since adopting the Greening Strategy in 2001, York Region and its partners have planted more than 800,000 trees and shrubs across the Region. Through education, tree planting, and other land securement tools, York Region continues to put policy into action by achieving on-the-ground environmental results.

Contact Information

  • For media inquiries, please contact:
    Elissa Schmidt
    Trees Ontario
    416-646-1193, Mobile: 416-301-0539