Bulldogs plant trees at Hewitt Creek
Bradford Bulldogs Peewee AE Team joined LSRCA volunteers for a Community Work Party, planting native trees along Hewitt Creek in Innisfil, Ont. on Sunday September 24, 2017. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network
The Community Work Party at Hewitt Creek on Sunday, planting native trees and shrubs to help improve the natural buffer on either side of the creek in Innisfil, was a first: the first time a sports team had signed up for a tree-planting event.
The Bradford Bulldogs Peewee AE team, both coaches and players, came out to help plant, mulch and water potted trees that included tamarack, hackberry, white pine, and spruce.
One hundred trees in all were planted on the property, despite the sweltering heat.
The event was organized by Silvia Pedrazzi of the South Simcoe Streams Network, an organization dedicated to improving water quality and natural habitat through streambank improvements.
Pedrazzi thanked the volunteers, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for providing the funding, and Somerville Nurseries, for tending and nurturing the potted saplings over the summer, ensuring a good variety and healthy stock.
She also thanked landowner Jeanette Luchese, for providing pizza, snacks and water for the volunteers.
With wet, cool conditions in the spring, and hot, dry conditions so far this fall, Pedrazzi admitted, “This has been one of my most challenging years.”
But the South Simcoe Streams Network continues to organize plantings and other environmental activities, whatever the weather. For more information, or to register for a Work Party, contact email@example.com or 705-435-1540.