Town Parks has rebranded the Birth Place Forest program into the Citizens Grove! To celebrate this enhanced community program, they planted the new Citizen Grove on National Tree Day. The celebration occurred on the third week of September during Canada’s National Forestry Week.
The newest Citizen Grove was planted in September 2015 and is located at the Drake Landing soccer fields; 45 Drake Landing Drive (along the center pathway between the upper and lower field). A huge thank you to the Dewinton's First Cub Scouts for volunteering their time and helping us plant the trees.
The Citizen Grove will now represent all residents of the Town of Okotoks, new and old! The first Birth Place Forest was planted in 2009 and has successfully planted trees in Okotoks for the past five years. Each grove of trees (approximately 50 various trees and shrubs) also has a plaque indicating the year and “Welcome to Okotoks newest Citizens.”
The Birth Place Forest was a Town Council initiative which was to follow a similar program that the City of Calgary had in place at the time. The Town recognizes this as a good way to help add canopy cover to the open spaces in Okotoks.
What is National Tree Day?
National Tree Day is a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us - clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature. National Tree Day is celebrated on the third week of September during Canada’s National Forestry Week.
Contact Info: Gord White, Parks Urban Forest Specialist
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 403-899-5682