‘Let’s make Orangeville shine!’ theme of Earth Week

April 21, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Let’s make Orangeville shine … one tree at time.

It’s Earth Week in Orangeville.  Let’s get out there and clean up our beautiful town.

Members of the Rotary Club, Orangeville council and Credit Valley Conservation kicked off Earth Week and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine last Friday, April 15th, at the Orangeville Town Hall.

All this week there are fun activities for the whole family.

Pamphlets, posters, and informative handouts are on display as part of Earth Week until April 24th.

There is also a free book, magazines, CD and DVD exchange at town hall.

“Residents can bring in their previously loved items, put them on the table and help themselves to whatever is there,” explains Councillor Sylvia Bradley, Chair of the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT).

“With this program we have recycled thousands of items this past year.  It’s been very popular” says Ms. Bradley, who was on hand to kick off the Earth week celebrations.

Rotary Club member Dave Protor feels it’s very important for the town to pull together to clean it up after a very long winter.

“There’s lots of garbage left around the streets, it’s a good opportunity for us to get it cleaned up before spring and summer come in,” says Mr. Protor.

What can you do to help with Earth Week?

Could be as simple as picking up a piece of garbage on the street, cleaning out your eves troughs to ensure proper water drainage, or … you could plant a tree!

Credit Valley Conservation, along with OSAT and the Rotary Club and Tim Hortons have teamed up for the annual Earth Day tree planting and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine community clean-up event that happens this Saturday, April 23rd.

“Everyone meets at Rotary park at 9 a.m. to get their tree planting location or clean up location,” explained Lindsey Jennings of Credit Valley Conservation.

“We’re looking for over 200 volunteers to participate in this event”.

The goal is to plant over 500 trees and shrubs at the stormwater pond located beside 114 Oakridge Drive.  Clean-up locations for volunteers will be announced that day.

Everyone who is interested in volunteering for the annual Earth Day tree planting and Let’s Make Orangeville Shine can register on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Rotary Park, 75 Second Avenue in Orangeville.

All volunteers can celebrate their hard work afterwards at a free barbecue.

The CVC also informs that you do not have to have any tree-planting experience.  They will provide you with the training along with the proper gloves and shovels.

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