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Volunteers build urban forest in Bradford

Some of the trees planted include tamarack, swamp white oak, choke cherry, hackberry and black willow.

A group of local volunteers planted 100 trees and shrubs along Fraser Creek as part of a South Simcoe Streams Network event on Saturday.

It is part of the network’s Stream Work Party Days across South Simcoe.

The plantings aim to help to reduce erosion, provide shade for waterways and reduce warming, and create wildlife habitat, as well as counter the warming impact of greenhouse gases by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

“We’ve got a really good mix in native species,” such as tamarack, swamp white oak, choke cherry, hackberry and black willow, said Silvia Pedrazzi, the network’s community liaison.

All of the trees are native to Ontario, and thrive in the often-flooded land beside the creek, she said.

A group of volunteers, which included high school students looking for community hours, local families, Streams Network members, and members of Team Home Depot, met in the stream valley just east of the Home Depot store.

For more information on upcoming events, contact Pedrazzi at

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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