John Vezina, manager of the company’s Ellepots and Pre-Fill programs, got the company involved last year, and this year the project grew to over 5,000 plants.
|About 90 students from Cardinal Carter Secondary School in Leamington led the volunteers in the transplanting effort.
PHOTOS COURTESY AMA PLASTICS
Last fall, students from Cardinal Carter Secondary School in Leamington helped gather seeds from several native species. In the spring, they cleaned the seeds under the supervision of park staff and sowed them into Ellepots, which had been donated by A.M.A. Plastics Ltd.
Propagation in the school’s greenhouse was quite successful. The transplanting in early June, despite some rain, went quite quickly with about 90 students, school and park staff taking part. Also assisting were A.M.A. managing directors Rick and Connie Bradt and staff members Henry Penner, Jake Unger, Corny Ketler and John Berg of the Ellepot production crew.
|Henry Penner and Jake Unger of AMA’s Ellepot production crew were dressed for the soggy conditions.
Point Pelee park staff were impressed with the germination rates of the plants, which included flowers and grasses. They also appreciated how easy they were to transplant.
“The willingness of Point Pelee staff to work with volunteers, and particularly with the students at Cardinal Carter, on projects like this restoration project, is a great way to keep our community involved and interested in the park,” said Rick Bradt. “Point Pelee is a unique place in Canada.”
The students have been enthusiastic participants in this project over the last two years, he added. “They did the planting in the rain with smiles on their faces. It was great to work beside them.”
More information will be posted in the April and June “Press Release” section of A.M.A.’s website at www.amaplas.com/press-releases. Included will be a link to a YouTube PowerPoint photo summary.
Point Pelee is a national park at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada and a local treasure.
|AMA’s Ellepot production team members Corny Ketler and John Berg were among the volunteers digging in for a good cause.|