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November 22, 2002
Toronto thanks "Green" volunteers
Parks and Recreation - John Macintyre, Director, Parks & Recreation, and Arthur
Beauregard, Manager, Natural Environment and Horticulture, acknowledged
community greening efforts at the Thank You Green Toronto presentation this
evening in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Environmental groups, horticultural societies and community gardening groups,
all of whom have contributed in countless ways to the enhancement and
beautification of our city, were recognized for their contribution to the
natural and developed green environment.

"It is a great honour to recognize the indispensable contribution that
Toronto's Green Volunteers make in sustaining and advancing the greening of
Toronto," said Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager, Parks and Recreation.
"Through the continued hard work, environmental leadership and involvement of
these dedicated citizens, Toronto maintains its prized status as a 'City within
a Park'."

Citizens from across the city donate their time in countless ways to support
the City's greening efforts. They participate in any one of 58 natural
environmental groups; 47 horticultural societies and garden clubs; and 92
community garden groups that operate throughout the city.

In the past year, 3,500 environmental volunteers will have planted over 68,000
trees, shrubs and wild flowers at over 110 events throughout Toronto. This is
in addition to the countless hours spent in stewardship planning activities in
partnership with Parks & Recreation.

Community garden groups take initiative and responsibility for organizing,
maintaining and managing local gardens. These are safe, beautiful outdoor
spaces on public or private lands, where neighbours meet to grow and care for
vegetables, flowers and native plants.

Garden clubs and horticultural societies make a vital contribution to civic
beautification by organizing flower shows and garden contests and encouraging
people to participate. They also play an essential role in public green
education through providing children's teaching gardens, adult programs and
tours of horticultural displays.

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