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Veterans Memorial Parkway beautification project

community tree planting Jul 20, 2020

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to work with local Landscape companies and volunteers in London to complete a beautification project as a tribute to our veterans on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

It was a huge project and represented an opportunity for members and associates of Landscape Ontario (London) to show our pride and involvement in the community. Companies donated time, equipment and resources to work on the project and together with community volunteers we planted thousands of trees along the parkway over a 5-year period.

At the time I was the chair of the board for the VMP and worked alongside some incredible business leaders in the community including the President of Trojan Technologies, Canadian President of 3M, City of London deputy Mayor and other prominent business owners.

The project was an incredible experience because it brought the local members of Landscape Ontario together on a single project. It gave us the opportunity to use our expertise, experience (and equipment) to make the project possible, as well as benefit and bless the community. We were able to work beside community members on the planting days, using the opportunity to teach people the proper way to plant trees as well as the many benefits of trees.

We have always done stuff in the community through our local church but this was the first non church community event our family was a part of. It also brought together our local Landscape Ontario member companies to work together which was amazing. We won an award from LO for the project and know it is the platform of other tree planting projects across Ontario.

If you have interest in participating in the ongoing highway of heroes campaign visit this site: https://hohtribute.ca/welcome

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