Rotary Loves Trees
The wise owl
  • Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that contribute to climate change. You need about 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/year.

  • An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.

  • Three trees planted in the right place around buildings can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.

  • Trees provide shelter and food for wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and bugs. Groves of trees provide food and cover for larger mammals, such as raccoons and deer.

  • Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

  • Excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is building up in our atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.

Community Tree Plant in Haig Park

On Saturday September 24th,  Rotary Loves Trees(RLT)  and its major partners, the City of Belleville Green Task Force and  the Quinte Conservation  Authority planted 800 trees  and shrubs in Haig Park.

Thanks to support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, (TDFEF), RLT contributed 400 trees to the plant. The $10,000 donation RLT received from TDFEF last year has enabled it to plant over 4,000 trees in the past 12 months. Since its inception in 2020, RLT has planted over 6,000 trees.

The Haig Park plant was a truly “community ” effort with Rotarians and friends being joined by community volunteers from as far away as Picton, volunteers from TD, and staff and volunteers from Quinte Conservation and the City of Belleville Green Task Force.