October 11, 2011
Rebuilding nature with The Home Depot Canada
(Photo: Courtesy The Home Depot Canada)
Supported by The Home Depot Canada Foundation and led by Evergreen, the Rebuilding Nature Grant Program provides funds for environmental stewardship projects in communities across Canada.
In Surrey, BC, the program helped the Green Timbers Heritage Society (GTHS) protect the Green Timbers urban forest, a 470-acre green-space in the heart of the city. The forest is home to many different species of plants and wildlife, and is a great refuge for Surrey residents to go for a hike.
GTHS received a $12,000 grant plus a $2,000 gift card from The Home Depot, which was put toward the construction of a terrace that will prevent erosion of the land in the forest. The funding also went toward a “Greening Green Timbers” day on October 1, that included a volunteer-led shoreline clean-up and the planting of native trees and shrubs around the lake perimeter to increase nesting habitats for local bird populations. The event was also attended by volunteers from The Home Depot’s two Surrey locations.
Many of these programs are led by Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) program, which hires students to complete ecological restoration and environmental education activities.
To read more about Green Timbers Heritage Society and other grant recipients, click here.
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