Tree planting planned for Coronation Park

Tree planting planned for Coronation Park

Native trees are being planted in Sarnia’s Coronation Park to help mark Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee.

The monarch who reigned for 70 years died earlier this month.

Her funeral was scheduled for Monday.

Earlier in the year Sarnia’s Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) Errol Egremont chapter successfully applied for a $5,000 Department of Canadian Heritage grant for the tree-planting project, said chapter president Michelle Batty.

“As a group we decided that we wanted to apply for the grant and do something good for our community,” she said.

The 26-member service club is teaming up with Climate Action Sarnia-Lambton to plant the trees, and a bench was recently installed in the centre-city park, Batty said.

Volunteers with work gloves, shovels and strong footwear are welcome to assist with the tree planting Oct. 1, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, officials said, noting a rain date is Oct. 2.

A commemorative ceremony is planned sometime later in October, once a plaque for the bench arrives, Batty said.

Hopes had been to plant 70 trees, but the grant money didn’t stretch that far, she said, noting at least 35 will be planted.

The groups worked with the City of Sarnia to select the regally-named park, located near Queen Elizabeth II school in Sarnia and with relatively few trees, Batty said.

“That location seemed ideal.”

With the Queen’s death Sept., 8, the tree-planting and bench installation have “become not only a celebration of her jubilee but also a remembrance of her service to others,” Batty said.

The IODE Errol Egremont chapter is one of three in Sarnia-Lambton, she said, along with the IODE Margaret Stokes chapter in Petrolia – which also received a grant to install signs and benches in Petrolia’s Discovery Park – and the IODE Honorable Malcolm Cameron chapter in Sarnia.

“There used to be more” chapters, said Batty, also first vice-president and membership officer with IODE Ontario.

“Like any other charity, our numbers are dwindling.”

Women interested in potentially joining can attend a 12:30 pm lunch at the Forest Golf Club Oct. 2, during IODE Awareness Week Oct. 1-7, she said.

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