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Granum society plants trees at veterans’ memorial

Austin Culler and Maureen Sexsmith-West of Ladybug Arborists planted the trees at the Granum Veterans Memorial Park on Friday.

Veterans Memorial Park in Granum became more scenic Friday with the planting of 10 trees.

A crew from Ladybug Arborists was on hand Friday to plant the 10 trees from Green Haven Garden Centre in Lethbridge.

The Granum Museum and Historical Society bought the trees with a $4,150 grant from the MD of Willow Creek.

Willow Creek council allocated the money as part of its annual recreation funding distribution based on the recommendation of the Granum District Community Board.

Willow Creek council provides $15,500 annually to Granum for recreation purposes.

The historical society’s Mike Sherman said an official ceremony will be held as soon as COVID-19 pandemic public health measures allow larger outdoor gatherings.

“We want to name the trees after southern Alberta regiments,” Sherman said, listing the Alberta Rifles and Calgary Highlanders as examples.

The trees are Japanese lilacs, courageous flaming crab, northern acclaim honeylocust,  hot wings tatarian maple and lone star linden.

Each of the trees have different features and will bloom at separate times of the growing season.