TheTownship of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee (TWEEC) is a partnership between Woolwich Healthy Communities and the Township of Woolwich to improve the quality of the environment in the Township. Formed in February 2004, our 14-member committee meets monthly to plan projects and to organize groups and volunteers to help implement them. We welcome volunteers and groups interested in contributing to local environmental projects!
|•||Developing an Environmental Enhancement Plan|
|•||Developing and managing a Reforestation Plan - see Trees for Woolwich project|
|•||Mobilizing the community to implement the plans|
|•||Promoting public awareness of and education in environmental enhancement|
|•||Initiating environmental programs|
|•||Providing comments to Council on environmental issues, as requested by Council|
|•||Proposing and implementing work plans based on priorities identified by the Committee|
|•||$12,000 is available in the Township budget annually for projects implemented by the Committee|
The plans, budgets and implementation measures are first endorsed by the Woolwich Healthy Communities Coordinating Committee and then presented to Council for approval.
|•||The specifics, logistics and volunteer organization for each project are considered and approved by the Committee.|
TWEEC Activities since 2004:
- Planted more than 2000 trees in Elmira
- Hosted a pesticide alternative workshop
- Planted 40 trees at a new park in St. Jacobs
- Organized 13 community clean-up days
- Prepared an environmental enhancement plan
- Planted more 700 trees at part of five roadside tree planting projects
- Hosted three native plant sales.
- Initiated the Yellow Fish Road program in Woolwich
- Partnered with GRCA to plant 80 trees at Snyders Flats near Bloomingdale and 150 trees around the Woolwich Reservoir
- Supported the green house project at EDSS
- Supported the Region’s bale wrap recycling program
- Revitalized the native garden at the Elmira Library
- Supported school naturalization projects in Breslau and Elmira
- Rescued plants at the Walmart development site
- Established the Trees for Woolwich Program. For more information about Trees for Woolwich click here.
- In partnership with the Region of Waterloo, planted a 500 m living snow fence along Arthur St. north of St. Jacobs, as a pilot Living Snow Fence Project.
- Initiated a the Woolwich Community Tree Nursery
- Initiated "Seedlings in the Classroom" program and "Students for Shade" Interpretative walk program at the tree nursery.
The Committee is comprised of four members from Woolwich Healthy Communities, eight members of the public, one representative from Township Council, and one Township staff member. Committee members are appointed on a four-year term co-incident with the term of Council.
Committee members appointed for the 2014 - 2018 term are:
Susan Bryant (Chairperson)
Scott Hahn (Council Rep)
Ann Roberts (staff support)
Your thoughts and ideas are important to us!
The Committee is looking for ideas for environmental enhancement projects in Woolwich Township. We have some ideas, but we would very much like to hear from Woolwich residents. Please contact any Committee member with suggestions for project areas.
Are you or your group interested in helping make Woolwich a greener place to live and work? Are you a student looking for volunteeer hours required for graduation? You can get involved by planting trees, cleaning up litter, stabilizing creek banks or participating in a variety of "green" activities. Volunteers are invited to join TWEEC with tree planting. Please contact Ann Roberts at 519-669-6027 or Email Ann Roberts to be added to our email list for future tree planting projects.High school students looking for community service hours are most welcome to join in all our activities.
2017 Tree Planting Dates:
April 29 and May 6