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Home Hardware and Tree Canada re-beautify Goderich


May 23, 2012
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

20120519_c8837_photo_en_13960_webMay 23, 2012, Goderich, ON — Home Hardware and Tree Canada came together over the weekend to re-beautify an area heavily affected by the devastating F3 tornado that struck southwestern Ontario last August.

The area in Goderich, Ont., which borders the Maitland River, was once home to scenic walking trails populated with century old trees ranging from sugar maple to white pine. Uprooting and killing trees in its path, the tornado left the site completely destroyed.

Home Hardware is committed to replacing the trees that were lost in the storm as part of Tree Canada's Goderich Tornado ReLeaf program.

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To celebrate the re-beautification of the site, a public ceremony marked the planting of 67 large sugar maple, red oak and white birch trees, measuring between six and 15 feet in height. Planting was led by new local Home Hardware dealer-owner Norm Watson of Watson's Home Hardware.

"At Watson's Home Hardware we operate on the business philosophy of 'home owners helping homeowners' and as one of Tree Canada's long time partners, we are thrilled to help re-beautify Goderich with this tree planting," said Watson. "This initiative allows home owners from coast-to-coast to help this community in a very real and tangible way."

The ceremony, which included speeches from local dignitaries, concluded with the unveiling of the Home Hardware Grove sign to commemorate the planting.

"The spirit in which our entire community continues to come together to rebuild our town remains strong and has shown us how much optimism and positivity can come from the darkest of days," said mayor Delbert (Deb) Shewfelt. "On behalf of the 'Prettiest town in Canada,' I'd like to thank Home Hardware and Tree Canada for restoring this area so that it may be enjoyed by the deserving residents of Goderich for years to come."

The event was preceded by Goderich Communities in Bloom's Get Bloomin' Spring Garden Symposium that featured speakers including Home Hardware's gardening expert Mark Cullen and Denis Flanagan, manager at Landscape Ontario and HGTV host. The workshops offered up gardening techniques and trends for all Goderich residents who, as a result of the tornado, are starting over with their landscaping and gardens.

For the past 13 years, Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to improve green spaces across the country, planting 16,000 trees and shrubs totaling more than $700,000 in value.


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