The Vimy Ridge Commemorative Tree Planting™ (VRCTP) program consists of a series of caliper tree planting projects that will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The program is coordinated nationally, but executed locally.
Each individual project is sponsored and championed by the local business community, and supported by the local municipality, service groups, community associations, local landscaping and arboriculture associations, local Scouting and Girl Guide groups, and members of the general public.
By combining the projects into a coordinated program, economies of scale provide the means of reducing the material costs significantly making each individual project highly feasible financially, and by coordinating with national service organizations, each project can start with a strong base of community and professional volunteers.
Each project consists of 100 maple trees planted as a Living Guard of Honour in communities across Canada to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge WWI. These projects are public-private partnerships with municipalities providing the land and a portion of the costs and the private sector providing the balance of the funds required and the volunteers to implement the project.
A grove of 10 trees and a memorial garden will help generations to remember the service of our veterans, provide a venue for Remembrance Day services. VMGs planted at schools will provide an opportunity for hands-on curriculum activities focused on the environment and history as well as supplementary projects to extend, enhance, and maintain the garden.