Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign Plants 300 Trees in Pickering with Canadian Armed Forces and Community Volunteers
On Saturday, May 25th, uniformed officers from the Canadian armed forces joined local volunteers to plant 300 trees at the Petticoat Creek Conservation Area in Pickering, Ontario on behalf of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign, adding to the nearly 100,000 trees that have been planted to date in connection with the project. The event was sponsored by construction management firm, Harrington & Associates.
“It is always great to see uniformed members of the Canadian Armed Forces plating trees side by side with local volunteers,” says Mark Cullen, Canada’s gardening guru, Campaign Chair and co-founder of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign. “It allows ordinary Canadians to show how much they appreciate the service and sacrifice made by those in the military and that is something that reflects what the spirit of the Highway of Heroes is all about. Events like this wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and we were thrilled to have our friends from Harrington & Associates joining us for what was our first tree planting event of 2019.”
The event was kicked off by Cullen, with remarks by Paul Harrington of Harrington & Associates, City of Pickering Councillor, David Pickles and Captain Paul Martin of the 32 Combat Engineer Regiment, before tree planting activities commenced plant the trees.
“The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign is a wonderful project with a meaningful mission,” said Paul Harrington. “Harrington and Associates Ltd., as well as our friends and family, are honoured to be a part of this important event and look forward to a day full of great memories.”
Three years after its launch, the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign continues to resonate with Canadians from coast to coast. The project will see 2,000,000 trees planted as a living, breathing tribute to those who have served their country in times of conflict. Located along the Highway 401 corridor between Trenton and Toronto, known as the Highway of Heroes, 117,000 of these trees will honour those Canadians who have fallen in war since the confederation.