– REPAIR and REGENERATION Damaged Trees, Repair and Regenerate
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Why are Trees Important to Goderich?

            Aside from beauty, shade, air quality, shelter from wind and privacy, trees are very important to Goderich.  Goderich is a peninsula surrounded on 3 sides by steep lake-banks and steep riverbanks.  The Town itself is built on the above tableland. Continue reading


Open Meeting

This Tuesday January 24 at the East St. Train Station  7:40 for all interested parties. Will have updates on fundraising and hope to brain storm for more. Also hope to address issues of getting donated trees from across Southwestern Ontario to Goderich. See you there:)

New Tree Planting

Purchasing a tree is a lifelong investment. How well this investment grows depends on the type of tree selected and the planting location, the care provided during planting, and the follow-up care after planting.

When to Plant

Ideally, trees are planted during the dormant season- in the fall after leaf drop or in early spring before budbreak. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. Healthy balled and burlapped or container trees, however, can be planted throughout the growing season if given appropriate care. In tropical and subtropical climates where trees grow year round, any time is a good time to plant a tree, provided that sufficient water is available.

Planting Stress

Balled and burlapped trees lose a significant portion of their root system when dug at the nursery. As a result, trees commonly exhibit what is known as “transplant shock.” Transplant shock is a state of slowed growth and reduced vitality following transplanting. Container trees may also experience transplant shock, particularly if they have circling or kinked roots that must be cut. Proper site preparation, careful handling to prevent further root damage, and good follow up care reduces transplant shock and promotes faster recovery. Continue reading

Benefits of Trees

Social Benefits

We like trees around us because they make life more pleasant. Most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply observing their beauty. We feel serene, peaceful, restful, and tranquil in a grove of trees. We are “at home” there. Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees. The strong ties between people and trees are most evident in the instance of community residents to removing trees to widen streets. Or we note the heroic efforts of individuals and organizations to save particularly large of historic trees in a community.

The stature, strength, and endurance of trees give them a cathedral-like quality. Because of their potential for long life, trees frequently are planted as living memorials. We often become personally attached to trees that we or those we love have planted.

Communal Benefits

Even though trees may be private property, their size often makes them part of the community as well. Because trees occupy considerable space, planning is required if both you and your neighbours are to benefit. With proper selection and maintenance, trees can enhance and function on one property without infringing on the rights and privileges of neighbours. Continue reading

Not Like Any Other Sunday

This is my excerpt from the book of Tornado Stories put together by two other volunteers Cathy Cove and Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper donating all proceeds to another volunteer organization called Victims Services. Book requests can be made through goderichstories@gmail.com and cost $20

So, right from the get-go I was having my typical sunday afternoon nap, or trying to, when the phone starts ringing off the hook. Our phone rings four times before it goes to the answering machine. I kept coming to and drifting off again but the bloody thing wouldn’t stop!!! Needless to say, I was a little sharp with the caller. Turns out it was an old girlfriend of mine telling me Goderich was hit by a cyclone again (1995) and I’d better get the truck in there to see if my business is all right and check on my friends to see if they are too.

I grab my camera and a few extra batteries to take picutes of the knocked down trees. I had no idea what had happened until I hit the road block coming in from the north side of town. A man that had been turned away was driving by us slowly telling us we had been hit by a Tornado.

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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities

Amazing Grace 11/11/11

In August Goderich had a F3 Tornado! On 11/11/11 I went around the town and filmed some damage and the reconstruction. That night Pam Gerrand came to the East St Station to have a time of healing sounds!  Don’t forget to Hit the ❤ in the top right, and…