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Community members are invited to branch out and celebrate Winnipeg’s urban forest next month.
The Arbor Day 2019 event will be held on Sat., June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Vital Park, next to the duck pond. The event — which will have free admission and activities — has various partners, and is a collaboration between Trees Winnipeg and the International Society of Arboriculture.
"There will be lots of cool things for tree lovers young and old," said key organizer and arborist Matt Vinet, a Trees Winnipeg board member and the Manitoba representative for ISA’s local chapter.
Among the highlights at the annual event will be the opportunity for kids and adults to embark on tree climbing with the professionals, a zipline, and bucket truck rides.
"Visitors will be able to go up a tree with an arborist, and they’ll be able to go up really high and dangle around, if they want to," Vinet said. "There will also be a zipline for people of all ages so they can soar through the trees, and we’ll also have a City of Winnipeg bucket truck — the highest in the province — which will allow people to go up about 80 feet in the air and enjoy the best view. And all this is for free."
Other features will include tree-related educational activities and crafts, and there will be around 25 non-profit organizations operating tree-oriented booths. As well, a four-person Ask the Arborist panel of tree experts will give free advice about tree-related matters, including tree care tips and career information.
Vinet, who lives in Elmwood, said such events are important for a number of reasons — not least because Winnipeg has a considerable tree population.
"A lot of people still don’t understand the importance of trees, and it’s important to get the message out in the neighbourhoods and communities. We’re a tree city here — we have a large urban tree population, and we have the largest population of American elm trees in North America. It’s also important to understand the threats to our tree population, too," he said.
"Many of the activities at Arbor Day are focused on the kids, which is because lots of kids love learning about trees, as well as climbing them. I’m hoping people will come down and check it out, and I consider it the best kept secret in Winnipeg. So many people come year after year," Vinet added, noting it’s unusual for people to come to Arbor Day just once.
Go online at treeswinnipeg.org for more information.
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Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family.