Walnut Grove school gets grant for fruit trees

A new orchard will sprout at a Langley elementary school.

A Tree Canada grant will allow Langley’s Dorothy Peacock Elementary to establish a demonstration orchard.

Tree Canada announced this week that it is giving the school the funding as part of $68,000 awarded to 20 communities across the country.

All the funding will be used for planting fruit and nut trees.

“The Edible Trees program provides more than just funding for community-based projects,” said Mike Rosen, Tree Canada president. “The program educates communities on how to help new fruit and nut trees thrive. Once planted, these trees provide communities with access to fresh produce and enrich their green space, contributing to both a healthier environment and healthier people.”

The grants are possible due to partnerships with firms such as Loblaw, Silk, and Telus.

“Thanks to the Edible Trees program’s sponsors, our grant recipients are able to make their plans for fruit and nut trees in their community a reality,” Rosen said. “Each of the 20 recipients demonstrated community-driven innovation in their applications. They understand how building green space and planting edible trees encourages local participation in environmental activities, promotes healthy living and access to sustainable, community-grown resources.”

 

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