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  • 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.

Trees for Clarence Bird Park was a Great Success!

The beautiful 7 acre expanse of Clarence Bird Park is looking even more TREErific after a visit from Rotary Loves Trees( RLT) on May 1st and 3rd.

On May 1, Rotarians and friends helped by residents of the neighbourhood, Quinte Conservation staff, and the City of Belleville Green Task Force, planted 1,000 native trees and shrubs.  The trees, planted along both sides of the creek running through the park, will remove contaminants from the watershed and make for a cleaner, healthier environment.

On May 3, with the help of a bus load of students from the Belleville Christian School, a further 650 trees were planted.

During a break in the planting work, for a photo opportunity and media briefing, Belleville Rotary club president, Darrell Smith reviewed the history and mission of RLT. RLT was created in May 2020 on the club’s 100th birthday. It’s objective is to plant 50,000 trees, one for every resident of Belleville. The Clarence Bird planting brings the total trees planted to date to almost 6,000. Darrell thanked the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation(TDFEF). Their recent generous donation of $10,000 helped make the Clarence Bird plant possible. In addition to the Clarence Bird planting, on April 30th, RLT with the support of TDFEF supplied over 4