Home Hardware & Tree Canada plant trees



(L to R) Ken Fosty of Tree Canada, Denis Saquet, Manager of Operations-Town of Neepawa and Arlene Vaughan, Senior Employee at Neepawa Home Hardware. Photo by John Drinkwater

By John Drinkwater

On Sept. 24 Neepawa’s Home Hardware celebrated National Tree Day and their 50th anniversary by planting one of 50 trees along Veterans Walk.

Senior Home Hardware employee, Arlene Vaughan said this is the third time Tree Canada  and the Neepawa store have collaborated to plant trees in the town. Vaughan applied to have the community selected as this year’s tree plant site. They were awarded $3,000 to purchase 50 trees for 50 years of Home Hardware’s existence. Denis Saquet, Town of Neepawa operations manager was supportive with the idea of planting trees along Veterans Walk. The first tree, a silver maple will be followed by other varieties when they become more dormant.

Ken Fosty of Tree Canada said, “Tree Canada is committed to planting trees for future generations to enjoy. Since 1999, Tree Canada and Home Hardware have planted over 17,000 trees across Canada. This year, we are working with 21 Home Hardware communities throughout the country and one in Manitoba, Neepawa. This is National Forest Week and today is National Tree Day, where we recognize the importance of trees. Todays planting will provide multiple benefits including shelter, shade, wildlife habitat and reduction of noise and dust from the roadway. On behalf of Tree Canada, I would like to thank everybody who has made this a success. Trees do their part - thank you for doing yours.”

Denis Saquet commented, “I’m pleased to partner with Home Hardware and Tree Canada in this project. I’m a strong advocate of planting trees in Neepawa, in continuing the forestation  plan especially with so many trees lost in the past.”