CORNWALL, Ontario - A group of local “Friends of the Environment” welcomed in the first full day of autumn by planting trees.
Autumn welcomed by local tree plantersThe third annual TD Tree Planting event was held on Sunday, with over 60 volunteers – TD Canada Trust employees, their family and friends – who planted over 400 trees (native species) off Floral Drive, in Long Sault. The local Girl Guides were also on hand to lend a hand.
“We work in conjunction with Tree Canada,” said Leigh MacDonald, manager, TD Canada Trust, Ninth Street branch. “They coach us on how to plant trees and we’re happy to come out to do so, and give back to the community.”
Since the program’s launch in 2010, as a national employee engagement program, thousands of volunteers – from Brownies to bankers – have planted over 85,000 trees. In 2013, an additional 45,000 trees will be planted in over 140 communities across Canada through the program.
“We’re very focused on our community in helping out with environmental projects through Friends of the Environment Foundation,” said MacDonald. “It’s a really nice way for the employees and their family and friends to come out as a group and to do something together.”
Prior to the inception of Tree Days, locally, TD Canada Trust participated, for ten years, in the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $60 million in funding to more than 21,000 environmental projects across Canada. In 2012, TD FEF provided more than $4.8 million in support of 1,089 projects. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated, funds environmental projects and programs. For more information on how to donate, visit www.tdfef.com.