Creekside gets touch of green

The City of Penticton is hosting a planting event in the Penticton Creek showcase area.

Demonstrating the importance of native vegetation to the ecosystem, the City of Penticton is hosting a planting event in the Penticton Creek showcase area.

Trees and shrubs will be planted by volunteers as part of TD Tree Days on Saturday.

“Partnership has been so important to the Penticton Creek restoration project, and the City of Penticton is grateful that TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has continued adding to the tree inventory in our community,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.

Some vegetation around the creek had to be removed at the start of the restoration project this summer. This was done for two reasons: invasive species along the creek had to be removed and vegetation within certain sections of the bank can become debris during high runoff, which can cause flood protection challenges.

“TD Tree Days is a great way for families to help green where they live and we’re delighted to work with the city on this important project supporting the Penticton Creek watershed,” said Mandip Kharod, regional manager, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

TD Tree Days was launched in 2010 as a national employee engagement program. Thousands of volunteers have planted over 185,000 trees. In Penticton TD Tree Days helped create a new pocket park called Rotary Peace Park along the KVR trail in 2013. That park features 16 trees and 150 shrubs. In 2012, 50 trees and shrubs were planted as part of an urban reforestation program in the west end of Skaha Lake Park.