Citizens plant 750 trees and shrubs in Thompson Park


PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE HUDSON

Hudson District 4 Councillor Barbara Robinson was one of the volunteers on hand June 27 to help plant 18 species of trees and shrubs, all native to Quebec, in Thompson Park.

On Saturday, June 27 a major reforestation project of 550 trees and 200 shrubs was completed in Hudson following an initiative led by the town along with the Arbre-Évolution cooperative. Trees and shrubs were planted in Thompson Park with the aim of enhancing the living environment.

Social reforestation in the context of social distancing.

The initiative was conducted within the framework of the Programme de Reboisement Social™, a model put forward by Arbre-Évolution whose objective is to support communities in their needs for greening and reforestation. "This is the social part that motivated the city to submit its greening project for Thompson Park to the Programme de Reboisement Social," said Étienne Lavoie, head of urban planning for the Town of Hudson.

Given the current situation and the government’s physical distancing measures, the reforestation activity had to be rethought.

“We have implemented a health protocol adapted to our operations so that we can continue to green living environments while respecting the recommendations of public authorities,” said Laurence Côté-Leduc, project manager for Arbre-Évolution. “The tools are carefully disinfected, we provide masks to volunteers who want them and we keep a safe distance of two metres.”

Desjardins Movement and Le Baroudeur in support

Arbre-Évolution plants trees on behalf of its various partners to offset their ecological footprint. In addition to the benefits to the ecosystem this green project will bring to Hudson, it has allowed for Desjardins Group to finance 698 plants with the following formula, for each account opened, there will be one tree planted, an incentive recently established for the 360D branch intended for student services and generating more than 12,000 trees per year. Also, 56 trees were financed by La Baroudeur, a rental company of minivans outfitted to cross Quebec, in order to compensate for their ecological footprint.

The civic strength of Hudson

If you pass by Thompson Park, you will see a variety of 18 species of trees and shrubs all native to Quebec. Adapted to their environment, the plants were chosen in collaboration with the municipality of Hudson as well as with the help of Brian Grubert, a citizen passionate about trees. During the planting, 15 volunteers got their hands good and dirty to put the plants in the ground.

"Today, we are increasingly aware of the importance of leaving a healthy environment for future generations of citizens,” said Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls. "I would like to thank the citizens for their outstanding motivation, the city's public works and the Arbre-Évolution team who made this project possible.”

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