Local girl guides helped celebrate 100 years of guiding in Mission by planing 100 trees (and an extra 10 on top of that) around Fraser River Heritage Park on May 2.
Mission District Girl Guides began in 1914 – guides began in Canada in 1910 – and have had a chapter every year since.
The guides planted the trees to help beautify the park. GIrls learned how to plant trees, participated in all aspects of the tree planting, which included adding peat moss, fertilizer, filling the holes and watering the trees.
They also learned about environmental stewardship.
Girls from all levels of guiding participated including Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders. In total, 45 girls and 22 adult guiders participated. There were also eight parent helpers who assisted the girls as needed.
Also on hand for the planting were two volunteers from the Mission District FIre Department
The guides obtained a tree planting grant from TD Canada Trust (worth $2,500).