Spallumcheen Councillors Rachael Ganson (left) and Christine Fraser (right) listen as Armstrong-Spallumcheen Environmental Trust members David Derbowka and Wayne Samland (hat) describe the rare yellow cedar tree the group donated to the new McLeod Park in Spallumcheen.

Spallumcheen Councillors Rachael Ganson (left) and Christine Fraser (right) listen as Armstrong-Spallumcheen Environmental Trust members David Derbowka and Wayne Samland (hat) describe the rare yellow cedar tree the group donated to the new McLeod Park in Spallumcheen.

Funds improve Spall park

Armstrong-Spallumcheen Environmental Trust uses $1,000 to plant rare cedar tree

A one-time bursary to a local group is helping spruce up Spallumcheen’s McLeod Park.

Or, maybe, cedar up is a better term.

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Environmental Trust received $1,000 as part of the township’s 120th birthday celebrations.

ASET used the money to donate a rare yellow cedar tree, which was recently planted at McLeod Park by ASET and council members, along with students from each of Armstrong-Spallumcheen’s four public schools.

“There are trees in this area that are 120 years old. And there are some even older. What better way to celebrate 120 years than by planting a tree?” said ASET’s David Derbowka.

“This is our opportunity to offer Spallumcheen our heartfelt thank-you for the one time bursary award. Celebrating the milestone in this way is a display of sustainability.”

Coun. Rachael Ganson, who has been spearheading the township’s 120th birthday celebrations, said a number of locations were discussed for the rare cedar tree to be planted.

“McLeod Park was eventually chosen as a fitting location to plant the tree,” said Ganson.

The park has been undergoing renovations.