Despite the Sunday drizzle, dozens of residents attended the Township of Langley’s 14th annual Community Arbour Day to celebrate the importance of trees and to honour community advocates that have passed away.
Held at Noel Booth Park, the event gave members of the public a chance to climb, plant, dig, explore, and learn all about trees through interactive displays.
There were also several trees planted to honour members of the public who have passed away, but left lasting legacies.
Nathaniel and Ruby Hunt, ages 8 and 11, were among many family members of the late Harry Hunt to participate in an honorary tree planting during Community Arbour Day at Noel Booth Park on Sunday. Hunt, an Aldergrove Star photographer and long-serving member of the Aldergrove community, passed away in November after a long battle with cancer. He was one of 11 Langley Township residents to have trees planted in their memory.
This year, commemorative trees were planted for: Dale Ball – Brookswood businessman and community volunteer; Harry Hunt – Aldergrove Star photographer; David and Pat Esworthy – Avid equestrians; Glenn Ryder – Renowned environmentalist; Judy Benson – Langley pioneer; Drew Waska – Community volunteer; Diane Pona – Former Langley School District Trustee; Bea Jackman – Aldergrove historian; Freda Lynch – Langley pioneer; and Larry Hope – Established Hope Redwoods Natural Area.
“Community Arbour Day has become a very popular tradition that celebrates Earth Day and highlights the importance of trees and the natural world around us,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese.
“When it comes to protecting our environment, every action makes a difference.”