Thanks to the efforts of over 30 volunteers, the stormwater management ponds on Medical Drive has over 125 new trees and shrubs. The planting was part of TD Tree Days and is the second phase of a multi-year project jointly undertaken between the City of Peterborough and Otonabee Conservation, in partnership with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF), and other community partners and volunteers.
Among the tree species planted were silver maple, white birch, basswood and swamp white oak; the shrubs included red-osier dogwood, swamp rose and common elderberry. Staff from Otonabee Conservation were on site to support the planting and to educate participants the selection, planting and care of the native species chosen for this site.
“The environmental benefits of planting trees and shrubs as part of a natural buffer are numerous. The roots hold and consolidate the soil preventing erosion. The leaves absorb greenhouse gases and release life-giving oxygen to the atmosphere. They also provide habitat for wildlife and birds. Trees act as a major filter and cleansing system for groundwater. Plus, they enhance our quality of life and connect us with the natural environment,” explains Meredith Carter, Manager, Watershed Management Program for Otonabee Conservation.
About the Project
The stormwater management facility was constructed in 2010 to facilitate drainage from Medical Drive and adjacent residential areas, and the stormwater that enters this facility is eventually discharged into Byersville Creek. Byersville Creek is a cold water stream that provides habitat for trout and a variety of aquatic species in its lower reaches before its confluence with the Otonabee River. The goal of the planting project around the stormwater facility on Medical Drive is to establish a vegetated buffer to provide shade to maintain cooler water temperatures, to act as a filter to improve water quality and to provide habitat for wildlife.
About TD Tree Days
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation developed TD Tree Days in recognition of the role that healthy forests and urban canopies play in maintaining a healthy environment. TD Tree Days provides TD employees, their families and friends, and TD partners, the opportunity to volunteer in the communities where they live and work and to demonstrate their commitment to stewardship. Since TD Tree Days debuted in 2010, over 44,000 trees have been added to the Canadian landscape. This year another 40,000 trees will be planted across the country through the program.