Port seeks volunteers to plant trees

  • Mar. 28, 2008 1:00 p.m.

Hundreds of flowering trees will be arriving in Port Clements this month and the village office is looking for volunteers to plant them. Clerk-treasurer Heather Nelson-Smith said the trees include lilac, magnolia, cherry, cedar, cypress and large rhododendrons. They aren’t costing the village a cent, thanks to an $8,000 grant from Tree Canada. Ms Nelson-Smith told council members Tuesday night (March 25) that they will need volunteers to plant the trees, as well as look after the village’s 10 flower gardens this spring and summer. She proposed an incentive plan which will give each volunteer their choice of trees and $75 worth of bedding plants to be planted in their public garden, plus a participation mug. The gardeners would also be eligible to win a $100, $50 or $25 prize, to be voted on by the public at Port’s annual Canada Days celebration. Council members voted in favour of the garden plan, which will cost an estimated $1,350. Anyone interested in taking care of one or more of the village’s gardens this year should contact the village office as soon as possible. Call Ms Nelson-Smith at 557-4295.