Sprucing up Summerside

Eric McMurray
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SUMMERSIDE – A community garden is coming to the Summerside Rotary Friendship Park, after receiving $10,400 to develop the park further.

The potential plan comes from a grant program called TD Green Streets, which on Monday, awarded the City of Summerside with the funds.

The money will be spent on installing a community garden, as well as planting indigenous trees, to promote forest growth.

The TD Green Streets program spans all of Canada as $300,000 is awarded between 25 municipalities, with funds as high as $15,000 being awarded to some communities.

The program decides winners from towns and cities that show various initiatives to preserve and promote greener communities.

Grants have been given out to more than 500 communities since the program was created in 1994.

The grant program is a partnership between the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada, a non-profit organization that encourages Canadians to plant and care for trees in both urban and rural environments.

Mary Desjardins, the executive director of the TD Friends of Environment Foundation said it’s clear communities across the country are inspired to build a greener future.

“We’re proud to support the advancement of urban forestry,” she said, adding it’s great to see municipalities see the value and benefits of trees in a community.

The Town of Stratford received money as well, and has had a community garden for the past two years.

Organizations: TD Green Streets, TD Friends, Environment Foundation

Geographic location: Summerside, Canada, Stratford

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