Mississippi Mills logoby Tiffany MacLaren
This year’s Arbour Week, April 18 – 26, in Mississippi Mills will have a special focus on Heritage Trees – trees that, if endorsed by Town Council, will be protected from the chain saw or the bulldozer.  Trees that will be allowed to live their full life because of their history, rarity, location, etc.  Trees such as the beautiful Black Walnut on Perth Street or the row of Black Locusts in Appleton.  You will be introduced to some of those very special trees when you join one of several Tree Walks and Talks throughout the municipality or hop on your bicycle for a Tree Bike Ride.

Tree Walks and Talks

  • Sunday, April 19, 2pm with Cliff Bennett meet at the Clayton Hall
  • Monday, April 20, 10 am with Joel Byrne and the Monday Morning Trailwalkers – at High Lonesome, Pakenham. Meet at the Almonte Civitan Hall at 9:30 am or the Pakenham Arena Hall at 9:45 for a ride.
  • Thursday, April 23, 10 am – with Brian Anderson meet at the Mill of Kintail

Tree Bike Ride and Talk
Sunday April 26 Almonte Heritage Tree Bicycle Tour, 9:30 am, meet at Naismith Memorial Public School with the Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Club and Jeff Mills, Ron Ayling and Neil Carleton.

Special Guest Speaker
This community is very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear guest Speaker, Dihari Fernando, Director of the Invasive Species Centre, Sault Ste Marie. She will share her expertise on Wednesday, April 22, 7 pm, at the Old Town Hall, Almonte.  Invasive Species include plants, insects, aquatic organisms and animals that have been introduced into the ecosystem either from other countries or movement due to climate change.  There will be Tree Art on display and tree treats to enjoy. Our tree artists for 2015 are the talented Neil Carleton and Nancy Young. Nancy & Neil’s art will be on display during Ms. Fernando’s talk.

Arbour Week Family Film Night -THE LORAX

Join us at Almonte Old Town Hall Friday April 24th. Doors open at 6:30PM. Film starts at 7:00PM. Cost is $2.50 per person or $10 for a family and while supplies last each child will leave with a little tree to plant. Refreshments will be available for sale at a reasonable cost of $1 or less.

NO Tree Sale for 2015
Unfortunately there will be no tree sale by the Chamber of Commerce this year but the local nurseries look forward to your order for a special tree to be planted that, in 100 years, just might have a Heritage designation.

Tree Champion
A Tree Champion will be chosen to join the likes of Al Potvin, Neil Carleton, Bill Tuffin and Alison Ball.

For more information about Arbour Week please call Fern Martin 613-624-5104.