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Twenty new trees planted in Memorial Park

Posted on Thursday April 22, 2021

The Town of Tillsonburg marked Earth Day 2021 by receiving 20 new native trees donated by Courtland Landscape and Grounds.

“It’s our 20th anniversary this year, and we were looking for a way to celebrate that milestone,” said Steve Cluett, sales manager at Courtland. “Our idea was to donate and plant 20 trees.”

“Courtland approached the Town and asked if we might be able to partner together on this project,” says Chris Baird, director of Recreation, Culture and Parks. “As we talked about it further, we came up with the idea of planting the trees in Memorial Park, in an area where a number of dead ash trees had previously been removed.”

The new plantings are located along the well-traveled McLaughlin Trail along the western edge of Lake Lisgar. A dedication plaque will be installed to recognize Courtland’s generosity later this spring.

“It’s great to see local businesses giving back to the community,” said Mayor Stephen Molnar. “Throughout its history, Courtland has been an active supporter of local causes, and a good neighbour to those in need. This donation is further evidence of that spirit.”

“The Town recognizes the importance of outdoor spaces at this time when so many other recreational opportunities are not available,” adds Tillsonburg CAO Kyle Pratt. “It’s great to see our community working together even in these difficult times.”