Solcz Family Foundation Forest Community Tree Planting

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Solcz Family Foundation Forest Community Tree Planting

Residents across Windsor-Essex are invited to participate in the Solcz Family Forest Planting taking place between May 13 and 14 2022. During this week, students, families, organizations and the public will come together to plant native trees and shrubs at a 32 acre restoration site. This stewardship will increase tree cover, habitat for wildlife and improve the water quality of Lake Erie. Attendees will plant alongside knowledgeable ERCA staff as well as skilled and trained members of the How To Crew who provide quality planting and control measures at community projects like this one.

Thanks to the generous support of the Solcz Family Foundation, we invite you to Connect Kids with Nature by planting trees at the Solcz Family Foundation Forest.

Pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. Event will take place rain or shine, and will be delayed because of severe weather only. Safety precautions such as masking are encouraged.

Solcz Family Foundation Forest Location

The address 2118 Mersea Road 2 is the closest to the site. Solcz Family Forest is located on the other side of the road, east of this location.

Directions from Windsor

  • Follow Highway 3 to Leamington
  • Continue onto County Road 33 south
  • Turn east down Mersea Road 2. Once you see Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, continue on Mersea Road 2 around the corner where the marsh is. Continue along Mersea Road 2 until you arrive at the restoration site.

Directions from Leamington

Head along Oak Street East and continue east, where the road becomes Mersea Road 2. Once you see Hillman Marsh Conservation Area, continue on Mersea Road 2 around the corner where the marsh is. Continue along Mersea Road 2 until you arrive at the restoration site.

Community Planting Shifts

When making reservations through the online ticketing system, please reserve the number of spaces required for your family or social bubble together for the preferred date and time slot. Once each time slot is full, we will contact you for confirmation and further instruction.

  • Friday May 13 2022, 6pm to 8pm
  • Saturday May 14 2022, 10am to 12pm
  • Saturday May 14 2022, 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Parking and Transportation

For families and social bubbles who wish to carpool, can park single file on Mersea Road 2 for the duration of their planting shift. Pylons will be placed for the bus loading/unloading area and no cars will be permitted to park in that section of the road in front of the restoration site entrance.

Free shuttle services from Devonshire Mall on Saturday May 14 2022 is available. Registration for this shuttle is also required, due to limited seating. To register visit: https://devonshiremallshuttletosolcztreeplanting2022.eventbrite.ca.

FAQs and Planting Day Considerations

What can I bring to the event?

  • All volunteers will be required to wear a face mask to their planting shift.
  • Please bring a reusable water bottle with you to the planting event.
  • It may be helpful to bring a towel, an extra pair of socks to change into after planting and some clean shoes for the car ride home.
  • All planting equipment will be provided, but if you have a favourite pair of gardening gloves and a shovel, feel free to bring them.
  • Volunteer paperwork

What can I wear to the event?

  • The planting shift will take place rain or shine.
  • Dress for the weather. May can bring a wide range of wet to dry weather conditions.
  • We recommend dressing in layers, bring extra socks, a towel, rain pants and jacket, hat etc.
  • Wear sturdy footwear such as hiking or rubber boots that is comfortable. This location will be extremely muddy with rough terrain. We do not recommend wearing running shoes.

When will I be notified if the planting shift is cancelled?

You will be notified the morning of the shift if the planting event is cancelled through the e-mail addressed provided upon registration.

How do I plant a large potted tree properly?

There are many steps you can take to ensure the long term growth and survival of newly planted large potted trees. ERCA staff will provide a demonstration of how to plant a tree properly at the event for all volunteers as well.

Please reach out to Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator, Gina Pannunzio for more information at gpannunzio@erca.org or call 519-776-5209 ext. 245.