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The County celebrates Earth Day with online Sustainability Hub, tree giveaway

April 4, 2022

The municipality is celebrating Earth Day with a series of community events focused on the environment and sustainability. Between April 22-30, the public is invited to participate in a tree seedling giveaway, a community clean-up, an invasive species mapping project, as well as demonstrations and expert talks.

Details are available on the new Sustainability Hub on The County’s website. The Sustainability Hub includes information about the municipality’s response to the climate emergency, as well as resources from partners and the broader community. Residents are invited to explore the website to learn about topics such as identifying and managing invasive species, grants and funding sources for residents and businesses, and a directory of community groups working in our region. The site also includes information on municipal projects related to the environment and sustainability.

Earth Day activities:

Friday, April 22 – 1:00 pm – Sustainable Planting at Home

Join The County Museums at Macaulay Heritage Park for an expert chat with Ben O’Brien from Wild by Design, Bay Woodyard from Honeypie Hives and Herbals and staff from The County’s Environmental Services and Sustainability team. Learn about how you can make your garden plantings more sustainable. The talk will introduce practical methods for planting, what species work best in this area, and how these choices can support the pollinator population. The event is free and open to all. For more information visit The County’s website.

Saturday, April 23 – Owen Jones Memorial Clean-Up Day

The Owen Jones Memorial Clean-up Day will take place across Prince Edward County on Saturday, April 23. Residents are encouraged to collect litter in the community and deliver without charge to bins located at the following four locations:

  • Midtown Brewing Parking Lot – 266 Wellington Main St, Wellington
  • Picton Home Hardware – 13544 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton
  • Roblin Lake – 13 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh
  • Milford Town Hall – 3076 County Rd 10, Milford

Participants are encouraged to register to reduce duplication of clean-up efforts. Details, including safety tips for participants, are available on The County’s website.

Community Trees Event – Saturday, April 30, 8 am – 2 pm

Delhi Park, Lalor Street Picton (near the community gardens), and
Wellington and District Community Centre, 111 Belleville Street (at the rear of arena)

In partnership with Quinte Conservation Authority, the municipality is giving away tree seedlings to homeowners to improve tree cover throughout The County. Homeowners who have experienced tree loss due to the emerald ash borer are particularly encouraged to participate. Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two trees per household.  Species include White Pine, Red Pine, White Spruce, White Cedar, Red Oak, White Oak, Sugar Maple, and Black Cherry.

The event will also include a brief discussion on naturalization/native plants by Quinte Conservation and a tree planting demonstration to be hosted at approximately 10:30 am at Delhi Park.

This initiative is part of the recently approved Adopt-a-Tree program. For more information about the program and the tree giveaway, visit The County’s website.

Invasive species mapping:

The municipality is collecting data on where invasive species can be found in Prince Edward County. Through an interactive mapping tool on Have Your Say, residents can report the presence of invasive plants and insects such as the spongy moth (formerly known as European Gypsy moth), emerald ash borer and wild parsnip. The data collected through the mapping project will help the municipality understand the distribution of these species within The County. This will help to form a response and assist the work of our partners in developing regional mitigation efforts. The map will be open for public input throughout 2022.

For more information, visit the Sustainability Hub or contact the County of Prince Edward’s Customer Service Desk at 613.476.2148 extension 1023, 613.962.9108 extension 1023, info@pecounty.on.ca.

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