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Residents invited to ‘Put Down Some Roots’ this Earth Day

It will require some 70 trees of various species and sizes and a small army of volunteers with spades and shovels. Organizers are confident they'll have no trouble recruiting participants eager to transform a barren section of a Fenelon Falls park into a mini forest-in-waiting.

Last year's event, notes Julia Taylor, member KLEAC and event organizer, saw almost 100 feet of shoreline naturalised in Lindsay's Rivera Park. “That project involved planting more than 30 large trees. We're very excited to see even more trees planted in Fenelon Falls this year," she says. "We feel it's worthy of making it more than just a day of tree planting - it's a celebration!"

Taylor stresses that there is no special skill needed to participate, adding that even shovels and gloves are supplied by the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority (KRCA), a partner in the event. "No, you don't need, a 'green' thumb," jokes Taylor. "So, it's an especially great day for the young ones to come out and put down some roots in our community by planting a tree."

The morning will include music supplied by Delvinyl Entertainment and an Earth Day themed photo booth. As well, participants will be among the first to put their mark on the committee's new Interactive Green Initiatives Map. Free coffee will also be available, courtesy of Taylor’s Home Projects. "But there's a catch," advises Taylor. "Only those with reusable coffee mugs can fill up. We won't have disposable cups on site because after all, it’s Earth Day!"

Anyone interested in "setting down roots" by planting a tree can meet at the Russ Baptiste Ball Park on Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls, Saturday April 22, 10am-2pm, rain or shine.
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For more information:
Richard Holy
City of Kawartha Lakes
705-324-9411 extension 1246

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