Wilson thanks Drysdale’s for Queen’s Park Christmas treesPublished on November 28, 2017
MPP Jim Wilson expressed his gratitude to Drysdale’s in Essa Township for providing Christmas trees to the legislature at Queen’s Park.
“I want to thank Doug and the entire Drysdale family for once again bringing beautiful Christmas Trees to help us celebrate the holiday season at Queen’s Park,” said Wilson.
Drysdale’s delivered 43 Christmas trees to the provincial legislature this week. The trees are placed throughout the building and decorated for the Christmas season.
“Every year since 1945 the Drysdale’s Christmas Village has been a holiday tradition in my riding,” said Wilson.
Visitors to Drysdale’s can speak with Santa about their Christmas wishes, enjoy a wagon ride, relax by the bonfire or visit the Christmas store. They also have the opportunity to get a beautiful, freshly cut Christmas tree to display in their home.
Wilson reminded citizens that Saturday, December 2 is Christmas Tree Day in Ontario and encouraged everybody to purchase a real tree this year. Wilson led the process to get the Christmas Tree Day Act passed in 2015. It designates the first Saturday in December as Christmas Tree Day in Ontario.
“I also want to thank Fred Sommerville of Sommerville Nurseries in Everett and Ms. Shirley Brennan of the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario for the work and help they provided to get this Act passed,” said Wilson. “The Christmas tree industry brings tremendous economic and environmental benefits to Ontario. Christmas tree farms and recycled Christmas trees provide environmental benefits including the removal of up to 13 tons of airborne pollutants per ace per year, as well as providing a protective haven for a variety of bird and mammal species.”
Some Christmas tree facts:
- 95% of Christmas trees grown in Ontario are grown in plantations as a crop for a specific purpose like corn. For every tree cut, more than one tree is planted to replace it.
- Ontario has up to 600 Christmas tree growers. Most of these are small “choose and cut” operations.
- Approximately one million real Christmas trees are sold in Ontario each year
- The first real Christmas tree in Ontario was recorded in Toronto in 1790
- The real Christmas tree industry creates some 200,000 jobs
- Environmental groups recognize real Christmas trees as the environmental choice. They are renewable and 100% biodegradable
- Real Christmas trees use CO2 and give off O2
- On every Earth Day, remember that some 70 million real Christmas trees are planted in North America