Enjoy Some Vitamin N
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It is certain that winter is not over yet, given that it is just the end of February. We are however, being lulled into thinking that Spring is soon here.
The current weather does provide opportunity to dream of spring. The sidewalks are filled with people out and about enjoying the sunshine. From the NRTeam office window, as I write I can see a worker enjoying their lunch on one of the benches outside the Central Library in Oakville. With this mindset and the recent Globe and Mail article by Mark and Ben Cullen about trees and nature, I too want to remind everyone about how "green space (and trees) make all our lives better". Vitamin N for Nature. Take all of those supplements in the morning if we must, but then get out for a walk. Our parents and grandparents were all correct - you can improve your mental health by enjoying time outdoors. The Cullens refer to the work being done at the University of New Brunswick where researcher Dan Crouse is showing that the more humans are exposed to greenery, the lower the risk of premature death. This is very comforting to know. It is such an easy fix - if it was that easy - but it won't hurt, and it certainly may help. Get outdoors!
I have always loved trees, and as a Master Gardener you know that I must also love gardens. I do not need to be convinced. I have supported the Town of Oakville's initiative to provide more protection for our trees. I used to take my Environment Club students out to plant trees with Oakvillegreen. As I have discussed in an earlier Blog, trees do bring value to a landscape both aesthetically and economically. With all of these thoughts in mind, I would like to bring your attention to a non-profit organization that is running a Backyard Tree Planting Program. Originally operating only in Toronto, but now being offered in Oakville as well, LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) offers a Tree Planting Program for backyards that is reasonable and educational. Working with native species only, LEAF will provide a garden consultation, delivery and full planting service for $150 - $220. Visit yourleaf.org for full information, including a do-it-yourself option, and even Native Garden kits that are also available. If you were thinking last summer that you would like to plant a tree in your back garden, call LEAF at 416 413 9244.
Author - Nancy Robertson, the NRTeam Lead