Get your boots on for Arbour Day this Thursday

Above: Participants at last year’s soggy Arbour Day were still all smiles

Everyone in the York community is invited to participate in the annual Arbour Day event, which will take place this year on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 3:30pm. York’s tree huggers invite you to come out, get involved, plant a tree, shrub or perennial flower and do something good for York, and something great for our environment.

Sponsored by the York University Bookstore from proceeds of the five-cent charge for plastic shopping bags, this year’s event will include a ceremonial tree planting and presentations at 3pm at a location near Stong Pond. Volunteers should meet organizers at the traffic circle west of Calumet College, east of the intersection at The Pond Road and Shoreham Drive.

“The York University Bookstore is pleased to sponsor York’s Arbour day with the use of funds collected from plastic bags,” said Steven Glassman, director of bookstore & printing services.  “The plantings will improve our local environment, both for water and soil conservation in the wetland around Stong Pond, and for improved air quality through the tree plantings in the Arboretum.”

Organizers advise everyone to come prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear. The event will proceed rain or shine, with equipment and tools provided by the York Grounds Section.

For questions or additional information contact John Wilson at ext. 77598, or Tim Haagsma, manager of grounds & vehicles, at ext. 20303.