Shovels and seedlings for 2,200 new trees in Windsor

A green space in Windsor was filled with tree-planters moving mulch and planting seedlings on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people planted trees on Sunday in honour of Earth Day

A couple in Windsor plant a tree in honour of Earth Day 2017. (Rob Heydari/CBC)

A green space in Windsor is now home to 2,200 new seedlings after more than 1,000 people turned out to plant trees in East Riverside for Earth Day.

The annual tree planting event has taken place around Earth Day since 1999.

"We estimate that we had about 1,300 people here through the course of the day," said Danielle Breault Stuebing, director of communications for the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Within two hours, ERCA estimates more than 2,000 trees were planted by those attending the event.

More than 1,300 people planted around 2,200 trees on Sunday in Windsor. (Rob Heydari/CBC)

The crowds carrying shovels and moving mulch for ERCA were a multicultural bunch.

ERCA's Danielle Breault Stuebing is thrilled with the diverse turnout at Sunday's tree-planting event. (Rob Heydari/CBC)

"We loved the chance to be represented by a very diverse community... it really is something that is so Canadian especially in this year of Canada's 150th birthday," said Breault Stuebing. 

"Bertha the Tree" is surrounded by those who planted her. From left to right, Zeina Merheb, Shurouque Zaky, Dana Attalla, Lysandra Naom, Isabelle Binh, Christina Basily, Aicha Merheb. (Rob Heydari/CBC)

The addition of more than 2,000 new plants may not be immediately obvious in the area.

Sisters Hafsa and Sidra Mohammed and their father Miskeen are caught mid-tree-plant. They heard about the event from their weekly Islamic Sunday school. (CBC)

"I think within a year or two, you'll start seeing more than just grass," said Paul Giroux, a forester with the City of Windsor. "You're going to start seeing a small canopy. You're going to start seeing birds, start noticing these perches."

More than 2,200 trees were planted in yellow area in honour of Earth Day 2017. (Google Maps)

Giroux's favourite part of Sunday's event had less to do with the environmental aspects and more to do with the people.

"I love watching the kids come out with their grandparents and planting a tree for a future generation," he said.

Windsor City Forester Paul Giroux says changes should be seen in the area within one to two years. (Rob Heydari/CBC)