$25,000 grant from CN and Tree Canada to plant trees; restore Batsman Park woodlot

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BRAMPTON – Mayor Patrick Brown, Councillors, and representatives from Tree Canada and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) announced a $25,000 grant from CN and Tree Canada to help restore the Batsman Park woodlot in Brampton.

The City has been working with the TRCA and students from the Eco Club at Louise Arbour Secondary School and students from Lougheed Middle School to restore the woodlot. The woodlot, located in Batsman Park at 389 Father Tobin Road, has been damaged from the Emerald Ash Borer, the 2013 ice storm, and invasive species. This funding will allow the City and its partners to develop a planting and monitoring plan and new features for the woodlot, as well as plant 1,000 native trees and shrubs.

Trees play an important role in mitigating and adapting to climate change, growing the urban forest and making spaces more beautiful, and supporting public health. It is a vital green infrastructure with environmental, economic, and societal benefits for our community. The trees planted in Batsman woodlot will count towards the City’s goal to plant One Million Trees by 2040.

This grant is part of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up initiative that invests more than a half a million dollars in community greening projects across Canada. CN has been greening communities through this initiative since 2012 with sustainable, environmentally responsible tree-planting projects. Through its various tree planting programs, including From the Ground Up, CN has planted more than two million trees across Canada.

About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments. Through our programs, research and engagement efforts, we have helped restore tree cover in areas hit by natural disasters, guided communities in managing their urban forests, supported over 700 schoolyard greening projects and organized urban forest conferences. To date, with our community partners and sponsors, we have planted more than 83 million trees. For more information visit treecanada.ca.

About CN
CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 19,500-mile rail network, CN, and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Quotes
“We are excited to have secured a $25,000 grant from CN and Tree Canada to support our restoration of the Batsman Park woodlot. Brampton is a Green City, and together with our partners, we are dedicated to increasing Brampton’s tree canopy, protecting our urban forest, and keeping our city green and beautiful.”
– Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton