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ERCA And Herman Academy Team Up To Green Ford City

Monday October 30th, 2023, 10:37am


Three parks in the City of Windsor got a little greener last week thanks to the efforts of students from Herman Academy, volunteers from across the region, and with funding support from the TD Green Space Grant Program and the Arbor Day Foundation.

The planting effort saw 80 large hardwood trees planted at Polonia Park, AKO Park and Pykes Park, all located in the Ford City area.

“We could not be more grateful to the students of Herman Academy, their teachers, and the volunteers who came out to plant trees,” said Laura Neufeld, Outreach Coordinator with the Essex Region Conservation Authority. “In addition to helping to improve urban forest cover and taking environmental action, the participating students had an experience they won’t soon forget.”

These new trees will provide much needed shade for park users. Trees have also been identified as the biggest weapon in the fight against climate change. The TD Green Space Grant program generously provided funding for these trees through the Arbor Day Foundation.

“Green spaces play a critical role in helping to create more vibrant, livable cities, which can positively impact the health of community members. Focusing on and investing in projects that lead to more equitable access to trees is crucial,” said Janice Farrell Jones, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “We are proud to continue our support for the Arbor Day Foundation through the TD Ready Commitment to promote innovative community projects that can lead to more equitable access to green spaces, including the work being done by the Essex Region Conservation Authority in the City of Windsor.”

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