Holman Park being spruced up

Until recently, Holman Park had only two small trees.

The small neighbourhood park overlooks a storm water retention pond on Holman Cre­s­cent at the northeast end of town. As of this week, it is un­dergoing a transformation, starting with trees.

On Nov. 7, thanks to fund­ing from the Imperial Oil Foun­da­tion, two bushy white pines were put in by Douglas Wood Tree Services, of Rock­wood.

The next day, a team of volunteer NeighbourWoods Tree Stewards led the planting of 10 native bur oaks, which will eventually reach 15 meters (about 50 feet).

The trees were paid for by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and refreshments for the vol­unteers were donated by Play­Power Canada Ltd.

Within the next few days, the township Parks and Recre­ation department will be instal­ling a new small children’s play structure and swing set.

“Thanks to corporate fund­ers, Neighbourwoods, and the volunteer tree planters, 12 new native trees are now planted in one of our parks at no cost to the taxpayer.

“This is a perfect example of an effective com­mu­nity partnership,” said Dir­ector of Parks and Recreation Andy Goldie.

For more information about NeighbourWoods, call 519-846-0841 or email Neighbour­Woods@ecee.on.ca.