Mayor Grant Creasey helped Lacombe families plant trees in Lacombe’s Birthplace Forest — which recognizes newborns in the community. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Lacombe Birthplace Forest grows by 5 in 2019

Urban forest recognizes newborns in the community

The City of Lacombe once again honoured newborns in the community — while also adding the greenery of the City.

The Birthplace Forest, located on Woodland Drive, is home to year of trees planted for new babies in Lacombe. This year, several families were able to leave a lasting legacy in Lacombe for their child.

“This year we have a total of five babies and there are three from 2018 and two from 2019,” Mary Lou Fiveland, admin assistant at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, said. “I start advertising in October in our community moments to let people know that Birthplace forest is happening. You can pick up your registration form anytime and we cut off April 30th.

“For $75, the child gets a name plate on the board and a tree.”

This year, newborns Elizabeth Lynn Mielke, Annalie Mathilda Hicks, Thea Fortowsky, Kane Edmund Reich and Brielle Michaela McMullin all received a tree and a plaque.

Fiveland said the program has always been very well supported by Lacombe families.

“It has always been a well attended program and I enjoy doing it,” she said. “It is great with the new babies.

“The grandparents are really keen for this.”

Grant Creasey, mayor of Lacombe, said the forest serves two great purposes for the community.

“These youngsters will have a tree planted in their name and also a plaque up on the Birthplace Forest sign,” he said. “The next important thing is to increase the size of our urban forest.

“Lacombe is well-known for our trees and green spaces that surround a lot of our parks and trails and this is a way to keep it touch, while honouring young citizens.”

Creasey feels this forest is a great perk for families living in Lacombe.

“I can’t say for certain that it is totally unique to Lacombe, but I am not aware of any other communities that do an event similar to this,” he said. “I think it is special and a great way to have an ongoing legacy for a child or grandchildren.”

Fiveland added the forest, “Will fill up and with a variety of trees and will be gorgeous.”

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