What a fantastic day for the Town of Aurora!
The Aurora Community Arboretum (ACA), one of the more popular attractions in our town, was recognized for receiving the Tree Canada and Home Hardware Community Tree Grant at an event held on Friday Sept 28, 2018 as part of National Tree Day celebrations.
On hand to present the award, offer congratulations and praise for the contributions made by volunteers were:
John Barfitt and Rebecca Beaton, Aurora Home Hardware
Ed Borczon, Tree Canada
Dawn Gallagher Murphy, representing The Honorable Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket Aurora
The Honorable Kyle Peterson, MP for Newmarket Aurora
Wendy Gaertner, Town of Aurora Councillor
Michael Thompson, Town of Aurora Councillor
Not present but sending written congratulations included:
Mayor of Aurora, Geoffrey Dawe
The Honorable Leona Alleslev, MP Oak Ridges – Richmond Hill
The ACA is a well-established volunteer organization, which has partnered with the Town of Aurora, and has been entrusted with the creation and maintenance of the Arboretum. The ACA covers approximately 100 acres from St. John’s Side Road to Wellington Street and parallels the East Holland River.
With the grant generously provided by Aurora Home Hardware, the ACA planted a unique collection of trees that included 10 of the 12 native conifers of Ontario, adding to the already well-established trees on the site.
On behalf of the Arboretum, John Wilson, one of the volunteer Directors, expressed his appreciation to all those who attended the event and who were responsible for the grant. He explained that interpretive signs were also part of this initiative, making it very easy for visitors to the Arboretum to learn and identify the distinguishing characteristics of each tree. John also emphasized that this was an excellent example of a well-established company in our town giving something back to the community they are a part of, and may inspire other commercial and retail businesses in Aurora to do the same.
If you would like to see the trees that were planted, follow the trail to the right of the Gazebo and north of the Sports Dome. See map below.
Below are the certificates received.