Wellington County gets greener with Warden’s Tree Planting Day

Over 100 County of Wellington and Township of Centre Wellington councillors, employees, and their families participated in the fourth annual Warden’s Tree Planting Day.”

The 3,000 trees were strategically planted at Gibbons Park in Fergus, as part of the county’s Green Legacy program. 

“I want to thank everyone from the county and the township who helped plant trees today,” said Warden Joanne Ross-Zuj.  “Residents and visitors will really see the benefits these extra trees bring to the area. The new planting is not only a great example of partnership working in action, but is an example of the projects the county coordinates as part of our commitment to the Green Legacy program.”  

Councillor Walter Trachsel, chairman of the county planning Committee that oversees the Green Legacy, said “What a fantastic way to come together as a community and improve the environment.  It’s tremendous to have so many volunteers participate in this annual event.”

“Since 2004, the county has planted over 915,000 trees across Wellington, under the Green Legacy program,” said planning director Gary Cousins.  “This program continues to set the environmental leadership bar high. I hope other municipalities follow the county’s lead.”

During Arbour week the county planted 155,000 trees in Wellington with the help of local municipalities, schools, conservation authorities, service clubs, organizations and private landowners.

The Green Legacy Program is the largest municipal tree planting program in North America.