Town of Oakville partners with Holcim Canada to plant 300 trees at Joshua Valley Park

Thursday, May 17, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville partners with Holcim Canada to plant 300 trees at Joshua Valley Park

There’s no doubt – trees create healthier communities and enhance the quality of life for residents. Last Saturday, Oakville got a whole lot healthier. In partnership with Holcim Canada and the Joshua’s Creek Residents Association, the Town of Oakville planted 300 white pine and white spruce seedlings at Joshua Valley Park.

“Support from our corporate partners is key to maintaining and building Oakville’s tree canopy,” said Chris Mark, director, Parks and Open Space. “With a canopy cover target of 40 per cent by 2057, every tree counts and we applaud Holcim for providing these trees and participating in this event.”

Tree plantings are one of many ways in which the town’s Forestry staff are building and enhancing Oakville’s tree canopy. Leaders in the fight against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that is attacking ash trees in Ontario, Oakville’s Forestry staff are managing Canada’ most aggressive EAB treatment program, which includes bi-annual treatment of more than 6,000 public ash trees as well as tree replacement initiatives for those that have been killed by the EAB.

“Oakville is renowned for its abundance of beautiful trees and fantastic green spaces,” said Barb Smith, corporate social responsibility coordinator at Holcim (Canada) Inc.’s Mississauga Cement Plant. “We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with the Town of Oakville on this tree planting event. It fits perfectly with our goal of being responsible corporate citizens in the neighbourhoods and communities where we work, and it was a great way to round out our annual Earth month activities.”

Ward 3 Councillor Dave Gittings joined the Joshua’s Creek Residents Association as they planted the seedlings. It was one of two community tree planting events to take place in Oakville last Saturday as red pine seedlings were also planted at Iroquois Shoreline Woods Park.

Holcim (Canada) Inc. is a member of the Holcim Group of companies, one of the major producers of cement and aggregates, as well as ready-mix concrete, asphalt, and related services. Employing 80,000 people worldwide, Holcim Ltd. was founded in 1912 and celebrates its centennial this year. To mark the milestone, Holcim Ltd. has launched the Together for Communities initiative which encourages its employees around the world to volunteer one day in the communities in which it operates in hopes of providing almost 100 years’ worth of service back to these communities.

For more information about Holcim’s Together for Communities initiative or to inquire how your community organization can get involved, visit the Holcim website.

For more information about Oakville’s tree canopy visit the Trees & Woodlands page.


Media contact

Chris Mark
Director, Parks and Open Space
905-845-6601, ext. 3111

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Town of Oakville partners with Holcim Canada to plant 300 trees at Joshua Valley Park