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City of Surrey Receives CN Eco-Connexions Grant

Mound Farm Planting

June 3, 2013

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey was recently awarded a $20,500 grant from the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground UP program, in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, for a hedgerow planting project at Mound Farm Park.

“We are so pleased to receive this grant to help with enhancements at Mound Farm Park,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Trees play a vital role in providing habitat for wildlife and contributing to the sustainability of the City.”

“The City is committed to providing and maintaining our many parks as an important part of the health and well-being of our community.” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “The hedgerow, trees and shrubs to be planted will not only support habitat and greenery, but will also offer a visual buffer between the rail lines and future trails.”

Representatives from CN Rail EcoConnexions, Tree Canada, and Communities in Bloom presented the City of Surrey with a cheque at a tree planting event attended by members of the Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) team, students from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School, and volunteers from Shah Satnam Ji Green 'S' Welfare Force Wing.

Mound Farm Park is a unique, 65-hectare (160 acre) park located in Cloverdale, bordered by agricultural land on all sides and a BC Rail line to the north. Future plans for the development of the park include a multi-purpose trail next to the BC Rail lines.

This grant, along with matching funds from the City of Surrey, will fund the planting of a hedgerow with 2,750 native trees and shrubs at the location.

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For further information contact:

Neal Aven
Urban Forestry & Environmental Programs Manager
604-501-5170