Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project made it’s way back to Ontario in August. First stop was Trinity Bellwoods Park and then Humber Bay Park in Toronto.
These were the final two Red Leaf Project events planned this year…. but then many volunteers and our facebook fans told us that they want more! So keep an eye out this September for more Red Leaf Project events in partnership with the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up.
Thank you for supporting this program Canada, and for doing your part to help make this awesome land even better Cheers!
Trinity Bellwoods Park Volunteers restored and cleaned up the park, distributing mulch to an area of dry, compacted soil. This improves the quality of the soil, provides fertilizer for trees, helps to retain moisture and prevents weeds from growing.
They also removed two garbage bags of litter and 50 yard waste bags of the invasive plant species Burdock, which out-competes native plants for sunlight and water, and grows thistles.
Humber Bay Park Evergreen and the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project wrapped up an awesome summer of park restoration projects at Humber Bay Park West. Volunteers removed invasive plant species, and distributed mulch to newly planted Sumac trees to help improve the soil quality, prevent weeds from growing and retain moisture after rainfall. Being a park on the shore of Lake Ontario, the area is subject to harsh winds and intense weather conditions all year round, resulting in dry, poor quality soil.
In total the group removed 4 garbage bags of litter, 9 yard waste bags of invasive species Purple Vetch and Thistles, and applied 20 cubic metres of mulch to over 400 native trees.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Last weekend the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project was in Edmonton, AB at Kinnaird Ravine. Volunteers came out to help naturalize the ravine, planting approximately 800 native trees and shrubs including Trembling Aspen, Wolf Willow, and Saskatoon Berry.
The team did a great job and are now headed to Big Valley Jamboree this weekend!
Thanks to Global TV and City TV for joining us onsite too.
Up next…Red Leaf is coming back to Ontario with 2 events in Toronto. See you in August! Cheers.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Can’t believe we’re already halfway through the summer and halfway through our Red Leaf events!
This past weekend Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project was in London, ON. Next up we travel West to Edmonton for a park project at Sherriff Robertson.
Huge thanks to the Red Leaf volunteers who gathered in Gibbons Park on a very, very hot and humid day. The volunteers were taught about the benefits of adding mulch (wood chips and leaves) around the base of newly planted trees and shrubs – this helps to retain moisture in hot dry months, keep weeds from growing around trees, and provides fertilizer to increase the nutrients in the soil.
The group also removed approximately 30 garbage bags full of weeds, and one bag full of litter from the park. Thanks to everyone and have a GREAT time at Rock the Park
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project was in Covehead, PEI and Sarnia, ON! Up next…Gibbon’s Park, London, ON this Saturday and Sheriff Robertson Park in Edmonton on July 23rd!
Location: Covehead, PEI – Stanhope Place Park Project
Volunteers learned about aquatic ecosystem stewardship. The most important issue was estuary (the place where fresh water from a river, meets salt water from the ocean) rehabilitation, and removing large amounts of an invasive plant called Sea Lettuce that was choking out local fish populations. The Sea Lettuce is experiencing extreme growth due to the excess amounts of nitrates from fertilizers used in nearby farms.
Volunteers also planted 40 native trees along a stream, adding chain fences around each to protect from hungry rabbits. They battled mosquitoes to build 6 large brush silt mats to help prevent shoreline erosion and to protect the stream (and fish habitat) from excessive silt (which is soil running into the water, making in more shallow so that fish are not able to travel freely).
Location: Sarnia, ON – Canatara Park Project
Red Leaf participants learned about removing invasive plant species, and general park clean up. The team worked incredible hard to remove 60 garbage bags full of harmful invasive species (a plant called Fragmites) and 20 garbage bags full of litter polluting the park.
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
The first two of 20 Molson Canadian Red Leaf Projects took place in Winnipeg and Ottawa on June 25th. Canadians rolled up their sleeves to participate in different restoration projects with Molson Canadian and Evergreen. Native tree and shrub planting, wildflower planting, slope stabilization and even invasive species removal?!
All volunteers were very enthusiastic and hard working. Thank you for joining us to do some good – you’ve definitely earned your awesome. Enjoy your time at Dauphin’s Country Fest or at the Live Lounge for Canada Day in Ottawa!
Want to get involved? Volunteer = earn free tickets. This weekend we’ll be in Covehead, PEI, Sarnia, ON, and Merritt B.C. Find the city near you!