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ST. JACOBS, ON, Sept. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Home Hardware Stores Limited and Tree Canada are digging in at 36 locations across Canada to plant and look after large trees in celebration of National Tree Day. In recognition, Home Hardware Dealer-Owners will be hosting tree-planting and maintenance events throughout the fall in their local communities.
Today marks the third anniversary of National Tree Day, held annually on the Wednesday of National Forest Week. National Tree Day is celebrated across the country with tree dedications, plantings, educational workshops, outdoor education walks, interpretive days, schoolyard plantings and seminars. The day serves to remind Canadians of the numerous health and environmental benefits trees provide including reducing noise and air pollution, preventing soil erosion and providing recreational and green spaces.
Rather than planting small saplings, Home Hardware Dealer-Owners plant and help look after large, mature trees in the urban areas of communities such as arenas, soccer fields, school yards, and community centres. This allows residents and wildlife to immediately benefit from the environmental and psychological factors, such as increased oxygen production and enhanced scenery, without having to wait for saplings to mature. Mature trees also have a higher survival rate ensuring they will be enjoyed for decades after planting.
"For 21 years, Home Hardware has partnered with Tree Canada to improve green spaces across the country by planting and looking after 19,139 trees valued at over $860,000. This is just one example of the countless ways Dealer-Owners from coast- to-coast give back to their communities."
Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited
"We are proud that Home Hardware Dealer-Owners across the country are so dedicated and enthusiastic about this longstanding partnership. It's fantastic to see Dealer-Owners in communities large and small, urban and rural, doing their part for the environment, and setting a great example for all Canadians."
Michael Rosen, President, Tree Canada
HOME HARDWARE STORES PARTICIPATING IN TREE PLANTINGS THIS YEAR:
About Home Hardware Stores Limited
100% Canadian owned and operated, Home Hardware Stores Limited has a presence in every Canadian province and territory and is the country's largest independent, Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials and furniture cooperative. Founded on January 1, 1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers, the cooperative now includes close to 1,100 stores, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners, with annual collective retail sales of more than $5 billion. Home Hardware's independent Dealer-Owners, recognized by the North American Retail Hardware Association as Canada's best-trained Dealer group, have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products, a world-class distribution system and draw upon the power of Home Hardware's network to provide their local communities with top quality products and services at competitive prices. Home Hardware Stores Limited received Canada's Best Managed Companies designation in April, 2013.
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to creating greener, healthier communities by encouraging tree planting and care where Canadians live, work and play. For 20 years, Tree Canada has offered technical expertise, education, funding, and resources to green-thumbed individuals, groups, governments, and corporations. Nurturing urban and rural forestry not only sustains Canada's proud heritage of biodiversity and natural beauty, but also clears the air. Trees are warriors against climate change, absorbing carbon, producing oxygen, and naturally cooling our cities. Tree Canada has planted and looked after nearly 80 million trees and greened more than 530 schoolyards across the country, and continues to develop programs for corporate social responsibility, education, and fundraising, leaving a legacy that can benefit all Canadians. Tree Canada is a recipient of the Canadian Environmental Award. Its tenth national urban forest conference took place October 2-4, 2012, in London, Ontario. Learn more at www.treecanada.ca.
SOURCE Home Hardware Stores Limited
Image with caption: "From left: Bruce Smith, PEI Trees Canada Community Advisor; Beth Hoar, City of Charlottetown, Parkland Conservationist; George Webster, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry; Jamie Lewis, Store Manager, Home Hardware- Charlottetown. (CNW Group/Home Hardware Stores Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130925_C4522_PHOTO_EN_31349.jpg
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