Healthy Yards for a greener town

God­win Chan Rich­mond Hill Ward 6 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

Liv­ing in Rich­mond Hill has its ben­e­fits. After cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary last year, the Healthy Yards pro­gram is back to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with in­for­ma­tion and ma­te­ri­als to help take care of your lawn, trees and gar­den and help im­prove the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Un­der the pro­gram, Rich­mond Hill res­i­dents can pre-or­der a va­ri­ety of na­tive trees, shrubs, ed­i­ble shrub kits, peren­nial flower kits for sun or shade and new home starter kits at dis­counted prices. Eco-friendly prod­ucts, such as rain bar­rels and back­yard com­posters, are also on sale. The last day to pre­order plants and gar­den­ing ma­te­ri­als is May 9.

Pro­mot­ing the plant­ing of na­tive plants, which are adapt­able to lo­cal cli­mate and soil con­di­tions, will help to con­serve wa­ter with less main­te­nance, in­crease the ur­ban tree canopy and im­prove lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity by pro­vid­ing habi­tat and food for birds, mam­mals and in­sects. Ex­am­ples of na­tive species trees in Rich­mond Hill in­clude bur Oak, and sugar maple, and white spruce.

In the past few years, about 1,500 trees, shrubs and flower kits have been or­dered by town res­i­dents.

In sup­port of en­vi­ron­men­tal Clean Up Week and Green Up Week, there will be two com­mu­nity tree-plant­ing events in Ward 6 at Bridgeview Cor­done Park on Ob­ser­va­tory Lane on May 12 and May 26. Trees and shrubs as well as equip­ment will be sup­plied. These events pro­vide fam­i­lies with great op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out­doors, green up the park and help cre­ate health­ier com­mu­ni­ties.

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