The Town of View Royal is set to branch out into community orchard management, thanks to a TD Green Streets grant.
The $25,000 grant from Tree Canada and the Toronto-Dominon Bank Group’s TD Friends of the Environment Foundation will go towards supporting an innovative urban forestry project at Welland Legacy Park, a community orchard and public park that is home to more than 200 established fruit trees.
View Royal, in collaboration with LifeCycles Project Society, will build a hands-on public education site at the park to train volunteers in sustainable food production and orchard management.
The aim is to develop a holistic, educational outreach strategy that trains and engages volunteers.
LifeCycles is a Victoria-based non-profit charitable organization that connects people to the food they eat and the land it comes from.
View Royal Mayor David Screech said he was thrilled with news of the grant. “LifeCycles has been caring for the orchard at Welland Park for three years. They have done a lot of wonderful work in our community and throughout the region,” he noted. “The grant money will assist the great work they do.”
View Royal was one of 13 communities across Canada chosen from more than 140 applications to receive a share of the $300,000 in grants made available this year by the TD Friends of the Environment Group.
For more information on LifeCycles Project go to lifecyclesproject.ca.