Purchase a Vimy Oak Sapling!
October 25, 2017
OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform constituents of an opportunity to apply for a Vimy Oak sapling.
After the fighting in Battle of Vimy Ridge, Lieutenant Leslie Miller of Scarborough, Ontario gathered acorns from an oak tree on the ridge and sent them home to Canada to be planted on his farm. Today, 10 of these trees exist on The Vimy Oaks woodlot owned by the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church.
The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, a volunteer non-profit organization, has partnered with the church and the Vimy Foundation to repatriate over 100 saplings that are direct descendants of the Scarborough Vimy Oaks woodlot to France as part of centennial commemorations. The trees will honour the memory and legacy of Canadians who fought in the First World War.
Currently, a limited number of surplus trees are available for sale to be planted at commemorative sites throughout Canada. Royal Canadian Legions, municipalities, schools and other qualifying organizations may apply to purchase a tree for $125 plus freight and HST. Applicants must be willing to maintain the sapling(s) for at least 3 years. Applications will be assessed based on suitability of proposed planting site and assurance of ongoing care.
“With Remembrance Day approaching, this is a worthy cause that I urge local Legions and other qualifying groups to consider applying for,” stated MP Eglinski.