Canning Brownies, Sparks help the environment by planting trees

John Decoste
Published on May 21, 2014

Canning Brownies and Sparks recently planted five magnolia trees in Canning’s Spicer Park as part of Operation Earth Action. Left to right are Amelia Turner, Hannah Lewis, Lily Campbell, Riley Hines, Isabella Cruickshank, Sadie Arenburg and Zoe Smith. - John DeCoste,

John DeCoste

The landscape in Canning now looks a little more attractive, thanks to the First Canning Brownies.

With the help of some of the younger Sparks, the Brownies planted five magnolia trees May 7 in the village’s Spicer Park.

“We want to make the park a more beautiful place for people to come,” said First Canning Brownies leader Amy Dukeshire. “We’re planting something that can also provide a little food for the bees and birds.”

Five of the six members of the Brownie group, plus two of three Sparks, took part in the planting, along with Kingstec horticulture and landscape technology teacher Tim Amos, the parents of some of the girls and Princess Canning 2014, Kristen Bennett.

The Canning Volunteer Fire Department was also on hand to provide assistance and to give the trees a thorough watering once they were planted.

“We want to teach the girls something about the environment, and do something that people will be able to look at and enjoy for a long time,” Dukeshire said.

Brownies are normally girls aged seven and eight. Sparks, the next youngest group, are normally aged five and six. 

Kelley Carey, another leader, explained the exercise was part of a national initiative, Operation Earth Action.

“It’s not something they get to do that often,” she said.

As part of the activity, a tally is kept of how many trees are planted across Canada.

“The trees we plant will be added to the total,” Carey said.

The girls won’t get a badge for the activity, but they will get a special crest from Operation Earth Action) for completing it.

“It’s nice to get the girls out into the community and help. A couple of weeks ago, we took them to the Wolfville Nursing Home to bring Easter greetings to the residents,” Carey added.