(Left to right) Councillor Sharon Cross; Andy Kemper

(Left to right) Councillor Sharon Cross; Andy Kemper

Cranbrook park gets new trees

Moir Park will be a little greener with news that 26 new trees were planted last week.

Moir Park will be a little greener with news that 26 new trees were planted last week.

The trees come thanks to a grant through BC Hydro’s Regreening Program.

The grant from BC Hydro was for $3,500, while the City of Cranbrook provided $7,000 to support the tree planting initiative at Moir Park.

“The new trees assist the City in continuing its program of greening of the community,” said Chris Zettel, corporate communications officer at the City of Cranbrook. “The funds provided by the BC Hydro helps the City purchase and plant more trees than it would be able to on its own.”

In the past 20 years BC Hydro has provided financial support for community tree planting in Cranbrook and communities throughout the East Kootenay.

BC Hydro and Tree Canada Foundation administer the Regreening Program and work directly with municipalities and communities around the province to support tree planting in urban areas.

The partnership helps restore, enhance and retain green space within communities, as well as encourage low growth vegetation near power lines which helps the power company maintain a safe and reliable distribution system.

The City of Cranbrook thanks BC Hydro for their continued support and partnership toward the beautification of the community.

Zettel said the trees damaged by vandals in Kinsmen Park earlier this summer have been replaced by public works parks staff.