This past Sunday, approximately 10 volunteers met at 8 am on a cold and snowy Mother's Day to plant trees in Annie Williams Memorial Park. The tree population in the park has been declining over the past few years, due to stress, age and storm damage. While a few seedlings have been planted over the years, there has been no concerted effort in the past to ensure that Annie Williams Memorial Park will remain green moving into the future.
The Annie WIlliams Memorial Park Board, comprised of volunteers from the Bracebridge Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Bracebridge, the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes and representation from the Town of Bracebridge, is striving to take steps to change that. The first effort took place this past Sunday, with the following volunteers braving the weather to plant white pine, red pine and scotch pine - Cathryn Willard (Chair of the Park Board), William McCutcheon (Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes), Don McLean (Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes, Jackie McCutcheon, Owen McCutcheon, Cathy Walker (Bracebridge Lions Club), Fred Walker (Bracebridge Lions Club), Kelly Hart (Bracebridge Lions Club), Steve Clement, Liam Cragg, Jan McDonnell and a few others. Big thanks go to Tony Armstrong, Windermere Garden Centre, Seasons in the Country and Woodsmiths of Muskoka for their help in procuring the trees, providing planting material and equipment.