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Scouts and guides plant 100 trees at town park

Collingwood Scouts and Guides planted trees and shrubs around the Awen Gathering Circle this morning

The hill at Harbourview Park came alive with the sound of spades in soil as about 20 scouts and guides with their parent volunteers spent the morning planting trees around the Awen Gathering Circle. 

The Third Collingwood Scout troups together with the First Collingwood Guides helped plant 100 trees and shurbs on site through the Scouts Canada initiative called Scoutrees. 

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority donated 100 saplings for the effort, and the scouts purchased four mature trees to plant - two sugar maples and two walnut trees. The scouts also raised pledges and donations for their tree planting efforts, which will go toward helping the scouts start up a local sailing and canoe program in Collingwood. 

Collingwood parks manager, Wendy Martin, joined the scouts and guides at the site this morning to help arrange the trees. She said the area where the saplings have been planted will be left natural and uncut. 

The Scoutrees planted today are above and beyond the town's normal annual planting of 125 trees per year. 

Scoutrees initiative started in 1972 and since then Scouts Canada groups have planted more than 80 million trees across the country.

Erika Engel

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