Horticultural societies contribute to Highway of Heroes tree-planting project

Posted on
Aug 1, 2016
Horticultural societies contribute to Highway of Heroes tree-planting project

Sault Star
By Pat Kerr

The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute project started in 2007 when a 170-kilometre portion of the highway stretching from CFB Trenton to the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto was designated the Highway of Heroes. The planting concept is to produce a living memorial for each of the country’s 117,000 fallen soldiers since Confederation. Keeping trees alive is the key challenge as planting in the compacted and salt-sprayed soils of Canada’s major highways, does not promote longevity of trees. Over the last three years, researchers with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre worked to understand the problems and find solutions. Read more