The Green Legacyᴼᴹ Programme has won the following awards for its ongoing commitment to the environment:

  • 2006 - Friends of the Credit Conservation Award of Distinction presented by Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
  • 2006 - Conservation Award of Excellence presented by Conservation Halton.
  • 2010 - Watershed Award presented by Grand River Conservation Authority.
  • October 3, 2010 - The one millionth tree was planted by the Green Legacy Programme at Wellington Place.
  • 2010 - The United Nations Environmental Programme recognized the contributions of The Green Legacy Programme to the Plant for the Planet: One Billion Tree Campaign.
  • 2011 - The TD Friends of the Environment and Trees Canada awarded the Green Legacy Programme with $15,000 to plant 3000 trees at Marden Park.
  • 2012 - The Lee Symes Municipal Award was given to Wellington by Ontario Nature. The Green Legacy Programme was recognized for community leadership and exceptional achievement for protection and regenerating the natural environment.
  • March 2013 - The Green Legacy Programme was featured in Business Review North America and Digital Energy. Green Legacy is featured on page 304 in Business Review North America and page 106 in Digital Energy.
  • 2015 - The Ontario Legislature past a resolution put forward by MPP Ted Arnott calling on the Government to take Wellington County's Green Legacy Programme province wide, by planting 150 million trees beginning in 2017.
  • 2016 - The Green Legacy will surpass 2 million trees in the Spring of 2016.

Working at The Green Legacy

Steph was a city girl who came to love working with trees. When she looked up from her work she took in the natural beauty of the forest and the pond. Steph's time at The Green Legacy touched something inside of her because when asked about the impact of her experience, she replied, "I wish I could work here forever".

Steph was part of "Ways to Work", a youth employment program. Her placement at The Green Legacy ran from January to August 2012. She assisted the staff with student visits and "outplants", where she helped Grade 7 and 8 students plant trees as wind and snow breaks on properties around Wellington County.

Steph liked the structure of her day. She knew what was expected of her and the staff were happy to answer her questions. The physical, outdoor work appealed to Steph. Keeping busy with a variety of tasks helped her stay focused, and at the end of the day it felt good to have planted trees. Working in the soil, getting her hands dirty and breathing in the fresh, evergreen scented air made for a happy workplace. The city is "okay" says Steph, but in the future she sees herself living in the country.

Learning that she could do things she never thought she could was Steph's most significant experience at The Green Legacy. She realized that she could persevere and complete the tasks she was given. Steph appreciated being given options regarding the work that needed to be done and that she could do tasks for which she felt most suited. In addition to learning about seedlings, watering schedules, and dormancy, Steph gained skills in tree identification. She also learned about the butterflies and other insects found on the property.

Reflecting back to her first day, Steph wasn't entirely sure that she would be able to finish her required hours. She didn't think she had the required work skills. Today, however, Steph states that she has more confidence in herself and she is more interested in nature than before she started the placement. Her plans for the future are now oriented toward a career related to the environment. Steph's experience at The Green Legacy opened her eyes to new possibilities.

"I think saving the environment is one of the most important issues right now", says Steph. She realized that caring for nature could be a really positive thing... which is perhaps the most valuable lesson The Green Legacy could hope participants learn.

girl planting trees