Christmas decorations destined to end up in Victoria Park

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - A holiday decoration on Ken Henderson's verandah is destined for great things.
Seven tiny trees, a mix of fir and pine, rest on the Truro resident's front step. They will ultimately end up in Victoria Park in the spring as part of a Town of Truro heritage advisory committee project. In September, five committee members flew to a Heritage Canada Foundation conference in Ontario regarding old buildings in an age of environmental crisis.
Henderson, chairman of the committee, said the planting of the trees in the park is being done as a way of offsetting the carbon footprint made by the group's trip.
"We are not under the delusion this project is offsetting (all the) carbon footprints ... the amount of carbon released in the air, in this case flying," said Henderson. "But we hope to set an example for others who travel and bring more awareness to the environment. It will make a small difference, but if everybody did it, what a difference it would make."
The tree planting in the park will be overseen by the town's parks, recreation and culture department. The project also is an attempt to beautify the park.
"The general public thinks Victoria Park regenerates itself but it doesn't," said Henderson.
Fred Beshely, maintenance supervisor of the town's park, recreation and culture department, said a lot of work is required to keep the park's trees healthy.
"We replace trees in Victoria Park on a regular basis.
"We take about 100 out a year because of (disease and bugs) and replace as many as possible and this helps," said Beshely.

Organizations: Heritage Canada Foundation

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Ontario

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