Work gets underway on Memory Grove

Community project will see 30 heritage trees planted in Fort Langley’s Salmon River Natural Area

Members of the First Fort Langley Scout Group planted riparian shrubs at Memory Grove in Fort Langley on April 28. Submitted photo by Kirsti Kuiper

The planting of 30 new heritage trees, that are meant to be enjoyed by generations to come over the next 100 years, is well underway.

On Friday, April 27, contractor Heidelberg Landscaping began installing the first Horse Chestnuts, Red Horse Chestnuts, Grand Firs and Western Red Cedars that will make up Memory Grove in Fort Langley.

And on the following day, members of the First Fort Langley Scout Group planted riparian shrubs, including Red Twig Dogwood, Twinberry, White Snowberry and Evergreen Huckleberry.

READ MORE: Heritage grove to be planted near Bedford Landing

Memory Grove is a $40,000 community project to plant trees in the Salmon River Natural Area, next to Bedford Landing, as a continuation of a tree planting legacy started nearly a century ago by Dr. Benjamin Marr.

In total, three horse chestnuts, 14 red horse chestnuts, 11 grand firs and two western red cedars are being planted. Each tree is sponsored by individuals and businesses in the community, including one horse chestnut and one western red cedar that were auctioned off for $5,000 and $4,000, respectively, at the Memory Grove Gala on April 19.

More than $16,000 was raised at the gala, which will go towards the cost of planting the trees and installing a small seating plaza.

The project is expected to be completed this month.

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Members of the First Fort Langley Scout Group planted riparian shrubs at Memory Grove in Fort Langley on April 28. Submitted photo by Kirsti Kuiper

Trees being installed at Memory Grove. Submitted photo

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