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Approximately 70 trees were recently planted in Victoria Park as a result of an initiative of the Charlottetown office of McInnes Cooper. Here Gary Scales, regional team leader of McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office, Beth Hoar, center, City of Charlottetown parkland conservationist and Councillor Melissa Hilton lend their support to the initiative.

McInnes Cooper, in partnership with the City of Charlottetown, is returning into the environment some of what it takes out.

The Charlottetown office of the law firm has calculated the average amount of paper it uses in a year and is planting the equivalent in trees.

With the guidance from Charlottetown’s Parks and Recreation staff, 12 McInnes Cooper volunteers recently planted 70 trees at Victoria Park.

Mayor Clifford Lee says it’s a great example of the private sector showing leadership and corporate responsibility.

“By coming up with this project and working with our Parks and Recreation Department, McInnes Cooper is able to make a long-term impact on the city. They are leaving a legacy and should be commended for their efforts.”

As part of the Charlottetown project, the local office of McInnes Cooper has challenged its five other offices to also plant the equivalent number of trees needed to produce the amount of paper they use in a year.

“Volunteerism and environmental stewardship are core components of our Collective Social Responsibility initiative at McInnes Cooper,” said Gary Scales, regional team leader of McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office.

“We are always looking for ways to engage our members in projects that help minimize the firm’s environmental impact. When our law students Alexandra Dalton and Devin Coady brought this to our CSR committee to consider, we were impressed and totally supportive. They’ve done a tremendous job of leading this initiative locally and of challenging other offices to do the same. We’re really proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

The trees for this project were ordered from the J. Frank Gaudet Nursery and are all P.E.I. native species. They are being planted in three locations throughout Victoria Park.

Councillor Melissa Hilton, chair of the Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities Committee, said the project will have an ecological benefit as the trees that are planted will remove pollution from the air and add to the forest restoration efforts.

“There’s also the beautification aspect,” she said. “Years from now, these trees will provide shade for the families enjoying the park.”

Organizations: Parks and Recreation Department, CSR committee, Recreation and Leisure Activities Committee

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Victoria Park, P.E.I.

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