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Ellis Bird Farm celebrates Arbour Day near Lacombe

Charlie Ellis’ trees are the ‘star attraction’ on May 4th

Ellis Bird Farm will open its doors — briefly — before Victoria Day for a rare occasion.

“We are celebrating Arbour Day at Ellis Bird Farm this year,” Kirstin Bouwsema, social media coordinator for Ellis Bird Farm, said over email. “That means for one day, we will be open before Victoria Day weekend.”

The celebration of Arbour Day lines up neatly with the vision of Ellis Bird Farm’s Founder Charlie Ellis.

“On Saturday, May 4th, we will be doing a two-part celebration of Arbour Day with Charlie’s Trees being the star attraction,” Bouwsema said. “First, we are looking for strong and able volunteers, aged 16 years or older, who would like to lend a hand moving trees onsite as we redistribute seedling spruce trees from Charlie Ellis’ original shelter belt to new locations.”

Ellis Bird Farm will provide perks for anyone looking to lend a hand

“Volunteers need to be on hand at 9:30 a.m. and will receive lunch following a morning of tree moving. Please register ahead to be part of this effort by emailing

The Farm will also be encouraging the public to help spreading to dream of Charlie Ellis.

“We are offering Charlie’s Trees to the general public between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Bring your own spade and pot, make a donation and take a spruce tree seedling to plant at home, spreading Charlie Ellis’ tree-planting legacy across Central Alberta,” Bouwsema said.

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