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 400 trees for planting in the Potters Creek Conservation area. Hard working Boy Scouts from the 1st Napanee Valley Troop helped put these trees in the ground.