TREE PLANTING/CAMPAIGN QUESTIONS

What types of trees are you planting?

We are planting a variety of native species, both coniferous and deciduous.  We are working with industry experts to ensure that the proper preparation of the soil occurs and that the correct species of tree is chosen for each location.  Our goal is to ensure the trees survive and thrive.

 Who will take care of them?

With your donation, the cost of 2 years of maintenance (and replacement if necessary) is covered.  This work is being undertaken by professionals under contract with the Ministry of Transportation. Trees planted in public and private locations off the highway will be maintained by the land owners.

 Who is planting the trees?

The trees along the 401 right-of-way are planted by various professional tree planting and landscape companies that specialize in highway tree planting. The companies must abide by the strict safety protocols outlined by the provincial Ministry of Transportation.  Trees planted in public locations will be planted primarily by volunteers from the community.

 Are all of the trees going right along the side of the highway?

2 million trees in total are being planted as a tribute to our veterans and their service to Canada.  These trees will be planted in areas and towns along the Highway of Heroes.  These are known as “Service Trees”.  Of that total, 117,000 “Hero Trees” will be planted alongside the 401 in honour of all those that have lost their lives in military service to Canada since Confederation.

Why are you only planting between Trenton and Toronto when the 401 goes much further?

We are currently planting on the section of the 401 between Trenton and Toronto officially designated as “The Highway of Heroes”.  Future plans may expand to include additional areas of the highway.

 Where will the signage be for the trees so we know who they are dedicated to?

We are honouring our veterans and war dead in a public and respectful way so they are never forgotten.  The Ministry of Transportation has determined that it is unsafe to put individual dedications or signage on trees along the highway: the risk of people stopping along the highway and causing a distraction is too high.

We post the names on our website and in our monthly newsletter.  In addition, if you purchase a Canada 150 Tree you will receive a certificate worthy of framing, naming the person for whom you are dedicating a tree.

We are currently exploring other means of permanent recognition along the Highway of Heroes.

How can I get involved?

Donate.  Volunteer.  Spread the word.  Hold your own fundraising event in support of Highway of Heroes Living Tribute.  Click on ‘Get Involved’ at the top of the website.

If this is a Highway of Heroes Tribute why are you planting trees in places other than the Highway of Heroes?

In addition to the Canadians which have lost their lives in service, there are many more that have served and lived.  To honour those veterans, we are planting “Service Trees” in cities and towns surrounding the Highway of Heroes.  This enables communities to get involved in the tree plantings outside of the actual highway right-of-way.

 #150 TREE QUESTIONS

Do I have to plant the tree that I purchase?

NO, you do NOT plant your donated tree on the Highway of Heroes for obvious safety reasons.  Industry experts take care of that for us.

 Do I get a tree?

If you purchased a tree before May 1st, 2017, in addition to the tree that we plant for you on the Highway of Heroes, you will also receive a seedling to plant anywhere you choose.

If you purchased a tree after May 1st, 2017, you will not automatically receive a seedling with your tree purchase. However, small seedlings can be bought and sent to you directly (if you wish) for an additional charge of $25.

 What do I get for $150 tree?

If you purchased a tree before May 1st, 2017, you will receive:

  • A tree planted on the Highway of Heroes on your behalf
  • An official HOHLT T-shirt
  • A customized Certificate to dedicate your tree
  • A seedling to plant wherever you choose
  • A charitable tax receipt

If you purchased a tree after May 1st, 2017, you will receive:

  • A tree planted on the Highway of Heroes on your behalf
  • A customized Certificate to dedicate your tree
  • A charitable tax receipt

T-shirts can be purchased with your tree for an additional cost of $15 or can be purchased by itself for $25. A tree seedling can also be purchased and mailed to you for $25.

Can I dedicate my tree to a loved one?

With your Canada 150 Tree purchase you can dedicate your tree to whomever you wish.  Let us know what name you would like on your custom certificate.

Will there be a plaque by my tree?

We are not putting plaques on the trees in order to reduce costs and direct more funds towards site preparation – so the trees survive and thrive.  We publish the name of the person you are honouring on our website and in our monthly newsletter.  In addition, with the purchase of a Canada 150 Tree, you will receive a customized certificate to honour the person your planted the tree for.

We are currently exploring other means of permanent recognition along the Highway of Heroes.

Can I choose what type of tree I get?

We want to ensure that all the planted trees survive and thrive.  We follow the industry best practice of “The right tree in the right location”. Therefore, we don’t currently have the option of enabling individual donors to chose what type of tree is planted on their behalf.

Where will I be able to see my loved ones name?

We are honouring our veterans and war dead in a public and respectful way so they are never forgotten.  The Ministry of Transportation has determined that it is unsafe to put individual dedications or signage on trees along the highway: the risk of people stopping along the highway and causing a distraction is too high.

We post the names on our website and in our monthly newsletter.  In addition, if you purchase a Canada 150 Tree you will receive a certificate worthy of framing, naming the person for whom you are dedicating a tree.

We are currently exploring other means of permanent recognition along the Highway of Heroes.

 What is the difference between a hero tree and a service tree?

We are planting 2 million “service trees” in honour of all Canadians that have served our country.  A “hero tree” is one of the 117,000 trees that will be planted along the stretch of the 401 called the Highway of Heroes.  These trees are honouring all those that have lost their lives in war since Confederation.

 How do I purchase a tree?

You can purchase a tree online through our website. Visit the ‘Get Involved’ section on the home page at the top menu and ‘Purchase a Tree’.  Click on the ‘Donate’ icon and follow the instructions to make a credit card donation.

Alternatively, If you would like to mail in your donation, please make cheques payable to:

The Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation and sent to:

Highway of Heroes Living Tribute

c/o 7856 Fifth Line South, Milton, ON  L9T 2X8

If you have further questions, please email us at:  info@hohtribute.ca

Who will take care of my tree?

Your $150 donation includes 2 years of maintenance (and replacement if necessary).  By investing in proper soil remediation, the trees can survive and thrive. Like every gardener knows – “The secret is in the soil”.

Can I get a T-shirt?

Absolutely!  If you have purchased a #150tree already, for an additional $15 donation each, you can receive an additional T-shirt.  If you have not purchased a #150tree but would like a T-shirt, you can purchase one for a donation of $25.

 I purchased a #150tree before May 1st.  What species will my seedling be?  Is it the same tree that is going on the highway?

The seedling you are receiving will not be the same as what is being planted on the highway.  Due to the harsh conditions on the highway, trees approximately 3 to 5 feet in height, called whips, of various species are being planted.  We are sending you a seedling which is less than 12 inches tall.  Your seedling will thrive in most growth areas across Canada and will be a Spruce seedling.

 Foundation Questions:

 Why do I make my cheque out to Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation?

The Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation is the Registered Charity name under which the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute is operating.  For income tax receipt purposes, we process all donations under the Registered Charity name as per CRA guidelines.

 How much of my donation goes to administrative and fundraising costs?

100% of your donation goes toward planting the 2 million trees.  ALL administrative costs are funded by an anonymous Legacy Donor to ensure all public donations go directly to fulfill our mission.

 Are you funded by the Municipal, Provincial or Federal Government?

We are funded by public donors, community groups, and Corporate sponsors.  While we continue to pursue government funding, we have not yet received any government subsidies for this Campaign.

 Where does Highway of Heroes Living Tribute get their funding from?

The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute gets their funding from private and public donors, community groups and corporate sponsors.

 Who else is involved in this initiative? (founding partners)

Our Founding Partners are:

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The Garden Club of TorontoGCT Logo

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