Mayor Steve Christie joined Lacombe’s Nowco Home Hardware owner Tyler Nowochin, Tree Canada Community Advisor Gerard Fournier and special guests at a tree-planting ceremony to beautify and enhance the Lacombe Dog Park on Wednesday.
“The City of Lacombe is happy to be the recipients of the Tree Canada grant for these beautiful trees and shrubs, which provide both immediate and long-lasting benefits for our new dog park,” said Christie. “We are proud to have community partners such as Nowco Home Hardware that have a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.”
This year, Nowco Home Hardware successfully applied for the Tree Canada grant, which has resulted in around 20 large, containerized, native and hardy trees and shrubs are being planted to beautify and enhance the Lacombe Dog Park, located at 5363 Len Thompson Drive.
“We’re proud to be able to work cooperatively with Tree Canada, Home Hardware Stores Limited and the City of Lacombe on this project,” said Nowco Home Hardware owner Tyler Nowochin.
“For 25 years Home Hardware stores across Canada have been working in their communities planting over 24,000 trees worth $1,200,000.
“It’s great to be able to be part of such a fantastic program, and we look forward to getting involved in many future projects.”
Home Hardware has been one of the longest and most loyal of Tree Canada’s many corporate sponsors, and has planted over 20,000 trees, all large-caliper (diameter) or in large containers, to benefit directly and immediately the communities they both serve.
“Trees give us oxygen to breathe, help to purify the air and absorb pollution, contaminants and harmful carbon dioxide gas,” said Tree Canada Community Advisor Gerard Fournier. “They also provide shade, beauty, natural habitat for many creatures both great and small; promote psychological well-being and provide many other indirect health benefits to humans and dogs, too.”
Tree Canada is Canada’s largest and oldest non-profit, charitable tree planting organization. This year they are celebrating 25 years of planting and nurturing over 80 million trees across Canada while teaching Canadians about the value of trees.