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VIDEO: Volunteers plant hundreds of trees and bushes in Langley

Joint inactive of TD Tree Days and Langley Environmental Partners

There are 350 more trees and bushes than there used to be along the Arbour Ribbon Trail in Langley after dozens of volunteers spent hours planting beside the path that runs near 56th Ave. at the Nicomekl River bridge crossing, a TD Tree Days event in partnership with the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS).

Abbotsford TD Branch manager Tracy Keckalo, a Walnut Grove resident, arrived at the Saturday, Oct. 21 event with a group of volunteers from the bank.

“We do this a few times a year,” Keckalo told the Langley Advance Times.

“This is our second one in two weeks. We were also in Abbotsford last week.”

TD Tree Days is the flagship volunteer program of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF), which has the stated goal of creating a “more vibrant planet by continuing to grow and enhance green spaces for communities to enjoy.”

Keckalo described it as “always a worthy cause.”

“I’ve done this, I don’t know how many times, probably about six, seven times now.”

Also taking part were volunteers from LEPS, along with a group of Girl Guides.

Nichole Marples, LEPS executive director, said the newly-planted native trees and shrubs will help to create wildlife habitat and improve local biodiversity for the region.

“We’ve been doing this since 2013,” Marples said.

“Every year we do tree planting for the community that is sponsored by the TD Tree Days.”

To learn more about LEPS, or get involved in other grassroots-level environmental programs, Marples suggests visiting the website

“You can buy a membership, you can make a donation through or you can just come out and volunteer and get involved,” Marples summarized.

To learn more about TD FEF, visit TD Friends of the Environment.

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