TREE VIGIL POSTPONED - A Vigil and Day of Action, Standing up for Wolseley Trees: Sat. April 10, 11 a.m., Omand's Park Bowl
EVENT POSTPONED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
On Feb. 23rd, Omand Park became a "crime scene". - Marriane Cerrilli, Wolseley Leaf Editorial
That is how many people described witnessing Manitoba Hydro subcontractors cut down the stand of trees running the length of Omand Park along the rail & the hydro line. -Trees were apparently cut down in order to protect the overhead power-lines.
See before & after pictures below:
The community is invited to a socially distanced meet at the Omand's Park Bowl to participate in a Vigil & a Day of Action, Standing up for Wolseley Trees.
It will be chance to survey the damage, recognize & mourn the loss of trees & the impact on our park, & begin planning future steps to protect our Wolseley urban forest canopy.
Note there is already talk of ensuring Manitoba Hydro replaces the trees with fast growing species - perhaps fruit trees to add to the lone Saskatoon bush left along the path for an orchard & permaculture.
Vigil and Day of Action for Wolseley's Trees
Event POSTPONED till further notice
Where: Omand's Park Bowl
The meeting will follow COVID Restriction Guidelines, so wear a facemask
In the event of rain, the Vigil will be rescheduled.
Wolseley Tree Plan: The Wolseley Residents Association (WRA) Green Committee has been working with our City Councilor Cindy Gilroy to develop a Wolseley Tree Plan. Such a plan can't come fast enough as the speed at which we have been losing our local Elm trees has increased, especially since the Oct. 2019 freak snowstorm.
The WRA Green Committee has also been working on a City Wide initiative Trees Please to focus on ensuring the 20 year city urban forest strategy will receive the new funds it requires by defining urban forests as infrastructure. This is an idea whose time has come, as the value of our trees, urban forests and our beautiful green canopy in Winnipeg are recognized for the value assets they are.