Students plant hundreds of trees at new Summerset Manor property
SUMMERSIDE –Thursday was the first time Emma Dawe had ever planted a tree.
S.I.S. students spent part of Thursday afternoon planning more than 350 trees at the new Summerset Manor. The trees were paid for by a grant received by the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association. Planting one of those trees were students Emma Dawe, left, Anna-marie Drummond and Tracy Brown, executive director of BBEMA.
Once you get past digging through the rock-solid earth – it’s pretty neat, said Dawe.
“It’s really fun – because we’re planting trees and we’re not in school,” laughed the Grade 9, S.I.S. student.
Dawe and about 70 of her classmates exchanged books and pens Thursday for seedlings and shovels, and helped to plant more than 350 trees on the new Summerset Manor property adjacent to the Prince County Hospital.
The trees are part of a project developed when Candy Beaton, recreation manager at the manor, and Tracy Brown, executive director of the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, (BBEMA) put their heads together.
Earlier this summer BBEMA was thinking about applying for a grant from the Canon Corporation’s Take Root Program, Presented by Evergreen, that was to be used to plant trees – Beaton got the OK for them to be planted at the manor.
BBEMA ended up getting that money, all $5,000 of it, and recruited some S.I.S. classes to help out.
“Tracy came to me at the right time with a grant and trees,” chuckled Beaton.
“We thought this would be the perfect place to put this grant where it would have the most benefit – we’ve visited here a couple of times and always commented on the absolutely barren landscape,” added Brown.
“Barren landscape” is fairly apt description of the manor’s property. The building is new and state of the art, but until Thursday there was hardly a tree, shrub or flower to be found there.
The project has also expanded from its original scope.
The new plan includes a walking trail, designed in the shape of a Celtic knot, and a healing garden to be installed and planted on the property.
When the plants mature in a few years they should go a long way to making the manor more welcoming for its residents, said Beaton.
“This is there home. But when they were in their homes they were involved in the community, with children and so no, and we want to keep that even when they move into long-term care here,” said Beaton.
What few trees the students didn’t get planted on Thursday will be finished by BBEMA staff over the weekend. The walking path and garden won’t be installed until next summer.