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City Pays Tribute to Surrey Conservationists With Lehmann Grove Naming

Peter Maarman, Susan Lehmann, Councillor Linda Hepner

June 19, 2014

Surrey, BC – Green Timbers conservationists, Wady and Betty Lehmann, were honoured Wednesday afternoon with the naming of “Lehmann Grove” at the Surrey Nature Centre. The Lehmanns’ daughter Susan Lehmann was present at the event to accept the honour on behalf of her parents who are now deceased.

In the late 1980s, Wady and Betty Lehmann were instrumental in the campaign to preserve Green Timbers forest and its ecological value to Surrey, and continued to work as stewards of the Urban Forest for the next thirty years. Green Timbers Urban Forest, 183 hectares (452 acres) in size, also includes wetlands, a lake, fishing dock, grassland meadows and nature trails.

“Wady and Betty Lehmann were true visionaries of our City. They had the foresight to see the jewel that is Green Timbers Urban Forest and their tireless work to conserve this green space is the lasting legacy they leave to the residents of Surrey” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Thanks to their efforts, Green Timbers is an essential piece of our city’s green heritage; rich in beautiful parks, agriculture and natural areas.”

Green Timbers Urban Forest is great wildlife habitat, contributes to cleaner air and water, reduced air and noise pollution, and provides natural beauty and recreational opportunities for Surrey residents and visitors.

“Thank you Wady and Betty Lehmann for protecting Green Timbers as a city parkland treasure for the enjoyment of generations to come,” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Committee.

For more information on the history of Green Timbers Urban Forest visit www.surrey.ca/parks

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Photo caption: L-R, Peter Maarsman, Past President - Green Timbers Heritage Society, Susan Lehmann, and Surrey Councillor Linda Hepner.

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


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