Celebration Trees

Are you looking for a way to give a lasting gift for some one special?

Why not a tree? A Celebration Tree is a lovely way to mark a life lived, birth, birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding or any special person or event. Thanks to this green initiative, Celebration Trees  are being planted in parks across our community, providing shade,  beauty  and recognizing special people in a lasting way. Today, close to 100 Celebration Trees have been added to our public parks since it began in 2009.

Click here to download your Celebration Trees Order Form

FAQs

  • When are the trees planted?
    • Celebration Trees are planted each fall. Donors, honourees and family members are invited to take part in the dedication of each tree.
  • What species of tree can I plant?
  • What is the cost and can I get a tax receipt for my tree?
    • The cost of the 6 – 8 foot native tree is $175 and is a tax deductible donation.
  • How will the community recognize who the tree is honouring?
    • An engraved plaque is placed by each tree. The order form has more details on what information you can include on your plaque.
  • Where can I have my tree planted?
    • Trees are planted in community parks in Centre Wellington, Ontario (Fergus, Elora and Salem). Please contact NeighbourWoods on the Grand at the Elora Environment Centre for the current park listing.

Specific parks are determined each year by the Parks Department. 

Celebration Trees is a joint venture of the Elora Environment Centre, NeighbourWoods on the Grand and the Township of Centre Wellington Parks and Recreation Department.

2017

Celebration Trees Staff changeover

Changing Of The Guard For Celebration Trees

On Wednesday June 28th, the current and future ambassadors for celebration trees met in Bissell Park at the foot of Dalwood’s tree to commemorate the “changing of the guard.” Dalwood’s owners, Donna Ross (far left) and Peter Schmidt (middle), are retiring and moving east to Merrickville, just outside of Ottawa.  We are deeply grateful for their huge contribution to Centre Wellington parks. Thanks to them, we now have close to 100 trees thriving in our parks for everyone to see. We are also delighted to welcome the new team of volunteers who are taking over the program, some of whom are pictured here. From left to right:  Anne Hobbs, Susan Brown and Paul Mitchell, who will be handling public inquiries. 

Donna and Peter- we wish you the best of luck on the road ahead!

2016

This year, 10 trees were planted in 5 community parks.  Thank you to all of our donors, honourees and guests who came out to mark the occasion on September 18th.
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The families of John McWilliam and Ross Robertson in Pattison Park, Fergus dedicating one of two Red Oaks planted in memory John and Ross.
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Joan McWilliam and her family with their second tree in Pattison Park, Fergus.

The Rogers Family  celebrate their neighbourhood by adding a Tulip Tree to Drimmie Park, Elora.
The Rogers Family celebrate their neighbourhood by adding a Tulip Tree to Drimmie Park, Elora.
Eileen Pedersen celebrates her love of Elora with her friends,  in Bissell Park, Elora which now is home to a new Tulip Tree.
Eileen Pedersen celebrates her love of Elora with her friends, in Bissell Park, Elora which now is home to a new Tulip Tree.
The family of World War II Veteran George Rogers honours his memory by dedicating a Sugar Maple,  suitably in Veterans Park,  Salem.
The family of World War II Veteran George Rogers honours his memory by dedicating a Sugar Maple, suitably in Veterans Park, Salem.
Friends of Canon Robert Hulse honour his contribution to Elora with a Tulip Tree planted  in Bissell Park, Elora.
Friends of Canon Robert Hulse honour his contribution to Elora with a Tulip Tree planted in Bissell Park, Elora.
The Bustard Family and friends, along with 4-legged Ollie, stand beside their Tulip Tree which celebrates the life of Marilyn Bustard in Drimmie Park, Elora.
The Bustard Family and friends, along with 4-legged Ollie, stand beside their Tulip Tree which celebrates the life of Marilyn Bustard in Drimmie Park, Elora.
Karen Watson continues to beautify Fergus parks.  This year she donated a Sugar Maple, a Red Oak and an Autumn Blaze Maple to grace Strathallan Park, Fergus.
Karen Watson continues to beautify Fergus parks. This year she donated a Sugar Maple, a Red Oak and an Autumn Blaze Maple to grace Strathallan Park, Fergus.

2015

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    In memory of Bob Granger – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In celebration of Ben and Sonia – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Bryan Swick Turner – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In celebration of Dalwood Ross Szmidt – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In celebration of Doris and Lloyd Swick – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Daniel Koop – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Joseph Foster – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Kenny Day – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Rob Seagrove – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Shirley MacRae – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Stephen Harman – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of William Ellis – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Midas McKee – Drimmie Park, Elora
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    In memory of Stacey Cooper – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Graham Oughton – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of John McTavish – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Shirley Povey-Jennings – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Ron Chilton – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In celebration of Karen Watson – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Colin Williams – Veterans Park, Salem

2014

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    In memory of Barb and Jim Groocock – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Charles Peppler – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In celebration of Darren and Amanda Townsend – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Philip Simpson – Drimmie Park, Elora
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    In memory of John Cairns – Hoffer Park, Elora
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    In memory of Anne Evans – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Helen and Ron Goodall – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Ralph and Dorita Shaw – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Gary Warren – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Aileen “Mickey” Coles – Pattison Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Douglas Johnstone – Veterans Park, Salem
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    In celebration of Toni Ellis – Victoria Park, Elora

2013

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    In memory of Vel Pero – Station Square Park
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    In memory of Vel Pero – Station Square Park
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    In celebration of Lilly Maggs – Pattison Park, Fergus
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    In celebration of Rupert Banks – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In recognition of Relay for Life’s 10th anniversary – Millburn Park, Fergus
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    In memory of Heather Finch – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Nicholas Brown – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Gladys Morley – Bissell Park, Elora

2012

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    In memory of Kenneth E French – Veteran’s Park, Salem
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    In memory of Rhoda Lipton – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Bob Reynolds – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Lorraine Drew-Brook – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Elora Environment staff member, Kimberly Anne Duffin – Bissell Park, Elora
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    In memory of Trevor Ashbee – Victoria Park, Elora

2011

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    Sunni Vann and Mark Sherman at Pattison Park, where they joined guests and tree planters, for our fall 2010 Celebration Tree Plant
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