Campbell River’s Junior Youth Empowerment Program was able to plant 63 native trees and shrubs along the Jubilee Parkway. Front row: Maddy Kowalko

Youth power greens up walkway

They put their own touch into tree-planting and decided to name each tree as they went

Youth from Campbell River’s Junior Youth Empowerment Program were able to plant 63 native trees and shrubs along the Jubilee Parkway walking trail near the South Island Highway last Saturday.

The youth were amazing, digging with diligence and planting with care. They put their own touch into tree-planting and decided to name each tree as they went, with names such as Charlie Brown, Fergie and Johnny.

The youth met several Fridays prior, to plan and organize this service.

The trees and plants that they planted were from a Greenways Land Trust Project.

Native trees such as spruce, pine, and crab apple, along with shrubs such as currant and ninebark were planted.

A key goal was to increase the biodiversity of the trees and shrubs in the area, trees that would eventually outcompete invasive species such as broom, thistle and blackberry.

These trees and plants will also beautify the area and produce better air for all to breathe.