Members of Ladysmith Girl Guides of Canada took the trolley to Gourlay-Janes Park April 26 to plant trees and shrubs.

Members of Ladysmith Girl Guides of Canada took the trolley to Gourlay-Janes Park April 26 to plant trees and shrubs.

Ladysmith Girl Guides spend day planting

Ladysmith Girl Guides of Canada got into the spirit of Earth Day when they spent a day planting trees and shrubs.

Ladysmith Girl Guides of Canada got into the spirit of Earth Day when they spent a day planting trees and shrubs.

On Saturday, April 26, approximately 80 members of the Ladysmith Girl Guides of Canada descended on Transfer Beach. The sun shone as they boarded the Ladysmith trolley to Gourlay-Janes Park on Chemainus Road, which is at the Ladysmith-Saltair border.

“Girl Guides of Canada has long embraced community spirit and environmental awareness,” Sparks unit leader Kay St. Denis stated in a press release. “This Earth Day project, planting greenery along a walking trail at Gourlay-Janes Park in Ladysmith, was a natural fit for the community organization.”

Participants ranged in age from kindergarten students to grandmothers.

Instructions were kindly given by a Parks supervisor before everyone set to work. The participants worked in mixed-aged groups to plant 12 large evergreens and more than 100 shrubs.

“The women and girls can be proud of their energy and effort,” said St. Denis. “There was as much laughter as industry as the ground was filled with new greenery.”

After the planting work party, there was a short time to explore the park. Everyone then returned to Transfer Beach by trolley to eat dinner and sing a few songs around the campfire.

The Ladysmith Girl Guides of Canada wish to thank TD Bank for a tree planting grant, Green Thumb Nursery of Nanaimo, and the Town of Ladysmith.

“It was the generous support of all that helped to make this day possible,” said St. Denis.

For more information about joining Guiding as a unit member or a volunteer leader, visit www.girlguides.ca.

Ladysmith Girl Guides planting