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 on the right-of-way on 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 170km 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 Hero 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 at a planting event in the Spring or Fall.  Spread the word.

If this is a Highway of Heroes Living 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.

Can I make a donation of securities or stocks?

Yes, we accept donations of securities/stocks.  Click here to download the donation form.

HERO 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.

What do I get for $150 HERO tree?

You will receive:

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

How long does it take to get my Certificate?

If your donation was made online, you will receive your Certificate within 3 to 4 weeks.  If your donation was mailed in with a cheque, you will receive your Certificate within 4 to 6 weeks.

Can I dedicate my tree to a loved one?

With your Hero Tree purchase you can dedicate your tree to whomever you wish.  Let us know what name you would like on your custom certificate.  If you mail in your donation, be sure to include this information with your cheque.

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 Hero 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.  Tree species will be chosen from an approved list from our experts.

Where will I be able to see my loved one’s 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 Hero Tree you will receive a certificate worthy of framing, naming the person for whom you are dedicating a tree.

How do I purchase a tree?

You can purchase a tree online through our website. 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 send to:

Highway of Heroes Living Tribute

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

Be sure to include the name you would like printed on your Certificate.

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 buy a T-shirt?

Unfortunately, we no longer have T-shirts available for sale.

CHALLENGE COIN QUESTIONS:

What do I get for my $150 Challenge Coin donation?

  • A tree planted on the Highway of Heroes on your behalf
  • A limited edition (1 of 500) Highway of Heroes Living Tribute Challenge Coin
  • A charitable tax receipt
  • Note: you must opt for ‘with Challenge Coin’ option in shopping cart to get coin.

Do I get a customized Certificate with my Challenge Coin?

No, a customized Certificate is not included with the Challenge Coin.  You will receive a limited-edition coin only.  A Certificate may be purchased for an additional $15.

How long does it take to receive my Challenge Coin?

If your donation was made online, you will receive your Challenge Coin within 3 to 4 weeks.  If your donation was mailed in with a cheque, you will receive your Certificate within 4 to 6 weeks.

FOUNDATION QUESTIONS:

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

The Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation is the Registered Charity 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 long does it take to receive my charitable tax receipt for CRA?

When you make an online donation, you will be prompted to either print or have your tax receipt emailed to you immediately.  Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for a tax receipt from a donation that has been mailed in.

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

We are funded by private donors, community groups and corporate sponsors.  We have received one federal grant and we continue to pursue government funding from all levels.

 Who else is involved in this initiative? 

In addition to a number of private and corporate sponsors, our Founding Partners include:

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