Warden’s Charity Picnic raises funds for ‘legacy’ program

$6,200 raised through auction, raffle and draw at Sarnia Bay Marina

Pictured at Sarnia Bay Marina on Thursday are Bill Aimers and Warden Bev MacDougall.

The annual Lambton County Warden’s Charity Picnic raised $6,200, which is being used to support the Lambton Tree Legacy program.

Warden Bev MacDougall, who is also a Sarnia City Councillor, said she appreciated all who participated. A news release highlighted $1,000 contributions from Bluewater Power, Curran Contractors, and Judith Alix. “The County’s community partners continue to set themselves apart as generous supporters of projects that benefit all of Lambton County,” said MacDougall.

The event, which took place Thursday afternoon at Sarnia Bay Marina.

The Lambton Tree Legacy program promotes tree planting on a smaller scale and makes funding available to individuals and community groups seeking to enhance their property and community.

The program began to blossom in 2015 and 2016 when it received $5,000 contributions from Lambton County Council. It also receives in lieu payments of $600 per acre each time an exemption request to remove woodlands is approved by the County’s Woodlands Hearing Board.

The Lambton Tree Legacy program put down roots at the Oil Museum of Canada in Oil Springs earlier this year. At the time, 11 red oaks were donated and planted to provide shade around the Museum’s picnic pavilion and parking areas, and more than 40 sugar maples and oak trees were donated and planted to establish “Grandma’s Sugar Bush,” in memory of Cindy Aimers, a long-time friend of the MacDougall family.

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