Today is National Tree Day.
A time to celebrate trees and the benefits they provide like cleaner air, habitat for wildlife and even energy savings.
This enthusiastic group of amateur arborists found new homes for 12 Garry Oak trees in Beacon Hill Park this morning.
It’s one of 16 such planting events held across the country Wednesday, sponsored by Tree Canada.
Brian Fisher, the volunteer Vancouver Island representative for Tree Canada says, “there have been a lot of studies done that trees not only contribute to the livability of our communities but to the health of our citizens. There’s all kinds of evidence to show that living in a treed environment is a good thing to do.”
National Tree Day was declared by the federal government in 2008 and the former arborist is optimistic that the event will continue to grow, “my hope is that the kids will find this as a positive experience and will continue on through their lives.”
Garry Oaks are unique to Vancouver Island and can live hundreds and hundreds of years.