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Tree chipping nets $7K for Walnut Grove Scouts

Walnut Grove Scouts were inundated with Christmas trees at their annual tree chipping event held over two weekends in January. They raised $7,000. - submitted photo
Walnut Grove Scouts were inundated with Christmas trees at their annual tree chipping event held over two weekends in January. They raised $7,000.
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A group of Langley scouts raised $7,000 over two busy weekends of tree chipping in Walnut Grove.

In a letter to the Langley Township engineering division 1st Walnut Grove Scout Group commissioner Tony Yip thanked Township staffers for coming to their aid when the number of trees threatened to swamp the all-volunteer effort on the first day, Saturday Jan. 4.

It was an “exceptionally busy day” Yip wrote, and by 3 p.m. it was apparent there were more trees than the Township chipper truck, operated by volunteer Township staffers Dustin Strandberg and Devon Forsyth, could handle.

There were over 400 trees waiting at the Walnut Grove Secondary School site with more coming in.

“We needed to get the site cleared and clean by the end of day, otherwise it might jeopardize us using it in the future,” Yip said.

Strandberg and Forsyth called in another Township staffer Vince Moes, who arrived with a dump truck.

The extra help allowed the scouts to finish loading and chipping trees by 9 p.m.

The second day of the tree chipping, Jan. 11, was “more manageable” Yip said, with the assistance of two other Township staffers who volunteered their time, Tyler Halliday and Ryan Adams.

Over both weekends, the scouts disposed of 877 trees and raised over $7,000 in donations that will go toward program events and equipment.

Yip said the scouts truly appreciate the Township allowing employees to use Township equipment for volunteer community efforts like theirs.

“We couldn’t do it without you,” Yip wrote.

The Walnut Grove Scouts have over 60 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers with 20 leaders.

The Township also received thank-you letters from the 10th Langley Scouts and the 1st Willoughby Scouts, who collected hundreds of other trees at other locations and other days throughout late December and early January.

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