Green Space Set to Grow in Halifax thanks to Canon Canada's Take Root Program and Local Volunteers

Dartmouth, NS -  HRM Diverse, with help from Canon Canada's Take Root Program presented by Evergreen, will be planting trees in Russell Lake West this Saturday, Oct. 5th from 11 - 1PM as part of an initiative to establish a forested area made up of 7 native tree species in the HRM's new Baker Drive Park.

"I was thrilled to see this positive community initiative happening in Russell Lake West," states Dartmouth South - Eastern Passage Councillor, Bill Karsten, "With programs such as this and HRM's Urban Forest Master Plan we will continue to increase our urban canopy. This event gives a chance for residents and businesses to help build their community."

Over 1500 native trees will be planted by volunteers at the event, with the hopes of establishing a park area at the site. The general public is invited to attend and take part in planting a trees, enjoying food and activities for children such as a bouncy castle and face painting.

"The response to this initiative by local businesses, community groups, residents, and the HRM staff & leaders has been fantastic," according to HRM Diverse Coordinator David Foster, "I am very excited that we can play a role in creating a common green space that will grow with the community."

Urban tree planting projects have been demonstrated to increase property values, clean the air and water, and increase quality of life for communities. Establishing diverse forested areas will also attract wildlife like songbirds.

"Hopefully through the success of this event we will be able to create similar opportunities throughout the HRM for communities to come together in creating or bettering green spaces," says Mr. Foster. "For areas like Russell Lake West or older developments, nothing creates a sense of belonging more than being hands on in making a greener community."

HRM Diverse

A project of Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter, HRM Diverse is focused on increasing awareness and appreciation of urban green spaces through various hands on education. In only it's first year of working in the HRM community, HRM Diverse has already conducted and coordinated expert guided nature walks and opportunities for the public to learn about ecology in the field. More information about the programs and events organized by HRM Diverse can be found on their facebook page:



Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future. Since 1991, Evergreen has engaged people in creating and sustaining healthy, dynamic outdoor spaces, and providing Canadians with the tools and knowledge to become stewards of the environment in their schools, communities and homes. Evergreen’s entrepreneurial approach to social responsibility creates vibrant neighbourhoods, a healthy natural environment and a sustainable society for all.


Canon Canada Inc. 

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,200 people at its offices nationwide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. Canon Inc. has been among the top four US patent recipients since 1994. The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital cameras and lenses; medical imaging equipment, semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products. Canon Canada is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.


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For more information, please contact David Foster, HRM Diverse Coordinator at 902-880-8712 or



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