Tree sale again exceeds expectations

The annual tree sale in Saugeen Shores again exceeded expectations as trees were sold out, with many residents requiring planting.

Each household could purchase three large trees and, if wanted, could have them planted by Saugeen District Secondary School and the Norwegian Cross-Country Ski Club.

The unique subsidized tree program was established so that Saugeen Shores residents could acquire mature trees at a reduced cost, thanks to the sponsorship of Bruce Power and Everest Nurseries.

The purpose of the sale each year is to extend the urban tree canopy throughout Saugeen Shores for cleaner air and a healthier environment. Trees for Saugeen initiated the program to have more residents be able to afford mature trees.

From 10 ft. Sugar Maples to Blue Beech, White Pine, Norway Spruce and more, the sale each year is an opportunity to purchase healthy trees that are already grown.

With only a two-hour window to pick up trees between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Saugeen Shores Public Works Yard in Port Elgin, residents began lining up before 8:00 a.m. with trucks and trailers and anything else that would hold mature trees.

                                                     Ready to load trees

The Norwegian Ski Club was helping residents to plant as a fundraiser for the club at $25 per tree and the Club had some 76 trees booked for planting.

                                            Ski Club ready to start planting
Teacher Keith Day and Crew plant first tree of the morning for resident Bernie Byers (R centre)

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