Students help plant Gambhir Urban Forest

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - An urban forestry project firmly planted in the city's landscape is making Cornwall greener for future generations.

Students from Eamer's Corners stand with Dr. Indu Gambhir and local environmentalists at the Gambhir Urban Forest in Cornwall.

An urban forest on a stretch of land situated on Pitt Street continued to take shape May 15, when nearly 30 students added to the 900 trees that have been planted over the last three years.

Development of the Gambhir Urban Forest is being supported by the Eamer's Corner Public School, Raisin River Conservation Authority (RRCA), and Dr. Indu Gambhir.

Dr. Gambhir was an emergency physician at the Cornwall hospital for over 15 years before moving to Ottawa.

Naresh Bhargava, her colleague and local environmentalist, has been involved with the project since the first shovel pierced the ground.

"The idea is to create a forest on the land within the city where children can participate, plant, and learn about the trees and how they help our environment and the small wild life," said Bhargava.

Teacher Kim Paquette and her mini tree planters along with members of the community were eager to help. An official project sign was installed which was unveiled by Mayor Bob Kilger.

Normand Genier, a soil and water conservation specialist at the RRCA, talked to students about the various trees and helped with planting.

An essay competition was held in the school and the top two essays winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes.

The Gambhir Urban Forest is located on Pitt Street at the north-east corner, just north of the Highway 401 overpass.

Planting and essay competitions in school will continue and children will become knowledgeable in the benefits of trees and forest in our environment," he said.

Organizations: Corner Public School, Raisin River Conservation Authority

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ottawa

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