By Olivia LaRueCBC NewsFor many families, the summer festival of trees is a time to reconnect with nature and reconnect with the world around us.
In fact, it is the only time in the year when people are allowed to walk or drive in parks and on trails, without the fear of being fined.
It is a chance to see a new plant, to get fresh flowers, to hear a song and listen to a poem.
But for many families who are still struggling to make ends meet, it’s a time when they are left wondering how to keep the trees in balance.
The 2018 Summer Celebration of Trees was the first in a series of events this year to bring together all the communities that have lost trees, including those who had them in their homes or parks, as well as those who planted them.
In 2018, a total of more than 200,000 trees were planted in the province.
For many, this is the first time in their lives they can see a tree, hear a tree and feel the warmth of the sun.
For them, the Festival of the Trees is an important reminder that, as they walk in the woods, they can still experience a little of that magic and warmth, and it’s not just for the season.
They are looking forward to the 2019 Summer Festival, which is scheduled to start this weekend.
A lot of people have told us that it’s very exciting to see these trees growing, that they are still growing, and that it was such a big thing for us to see, to see all of these different communities come together to plant these trees, said Michelle Oster, who works for the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada.
So, it was great to see so many communities come out to show their support, and we want to make sure that everybody understands that this is a celebration for the community, said Oster.
In addition to the tree planting, the Forest Service is offering a few opportunities to volunteer.
Volunteers can help with cleaning up, collecting the materials and distributing them to communities.
It’s a chance for people to show that they have some enthusiasm for helping out, said Forest Service spokesperson Anne St-Arnaud.