Windsor Community Tree Planting
November 4, 2009, 9:55 AM EST
A small but dedicated group of volunteers arrived on the south side of the Chrysler Windsor facility to plant native trees on October 18. The group was made up of CAW Local 444 Environment Committee members; their families; workers from the plant; as well as Chrysler management representatives. The event was organized by the CAW / Chrysler Joint Workplace Environment Committee (JWEC) with support from the Essex Region Conservation Authority. ERCA arranged for the donation and delivery of the native trees, mulch and planting supplies as well as providing lunch to the volunteers. The City of Windsor also lent support by providing the barbeque and the cook. The weather even helped out by raining solidly for a week after the trees went into the ground.
"This tree planting was Phase Two of a multi-year project that will see the south side of the Windsor facility transformed from a simple grass area to a native tree-lined route," said Richard St. Denis, a member of CAW Local 444 and a representative of the JWEC.
The volunteers are striving to improve their environment and beautify the city. Some high school students also earned community service hours by helping plant trees.
Phase Three is already being planned around Earth Day 2010