Mia Leonard, 11, had a bird’s eye view of the Community Arbour Day celebrations at Noel Booth Park on Sunday, thanks to a tree-climbing setup put on by Field’s Tree Service. The free, family-oriented event gave members of the public a chance to climb, plant, dig, explore, and learn all about trees and the many benefits they provide. Memorial trees were planted in honour of community activists who have died.

Arbour Day celebrations taken to new heights in Township

Visitors invited to climb, plant and learn about trees during annual event held at Noel Booth Park

Despite the Sunday drizzle, dozens of residents attended the Township of Langley’s 14th annual Community Arbour Day to celebrate the importance of trees and to honour community advocates who have passed away.

Held at Noel Booth Park, the event gave members of the public a chance to climb, plant, dig, explore, and learn all about trees through interactive displays.

There were also several trees planted to honour members of the public who have passed away, but left lasting legacies. This year, commemorative trees were planted for:

• Dale Ball – Brookswood businessman and community volunteer

• Harry Hunt – Aldergrove Star photographer

• David and Pat Esworthy – Avid equestrians

• Glenn Ryder – Renowned environmentalist

• Judy Benson – Langley pioneer

• Drew Waska – Community volunteer

• Diane Pona – Former Langley School District Trustee

• Bea Jackman – Aldergrove historian

• Freda Lynch – Langley pioneer

• Larry Hope – Established Hope Redwoods Natural Area

“Community Arbour Day has become a very popular tradition that celebrates Earth Day and highlights the importance of trees and the natural world around us,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese.

“When it comes to protecting our environment, every action makes a difference.”

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