Vancouver Island Centennial Urban Grove
Trees are essential for life. They are an integral and intimate component of who we are and are embodied and embedded in how we are to live an earthly life.
Therein lies the purpose upon which Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, invited the Commonwealth Heads of Government in 2015 to establish the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a Commonwealth-wide collection of indigenous forests, conserved for future generations. Canada contributed its Great Bear Rainforest to the QCC in 2018.
Inspired by the QCC, in 2019 the Royal Commonwealth Society Vancouver Island Branch (RCSVI) launched plans to offer its own extension to the QCC with an Urban Grove of Trees.
The immediate RCSVI plan to plant an Urban Grove of Trees will serve four expectations: first, to reinforce the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy; second, to celebrate the Society’s centennial; third, to honour the contribution trees provide for life, especially as a way to mitigate some of the negative effects of climate variance; and fourth, to ensure local and visiting residents a place for peace and serenity in the midst of many urbanization stress and demands.
A Grove location is being considered in downtown Victoria, in collaboration with the City’s Parks Department and its long-term plans.
The RCSVI was initially incorporated in 1919 and has played a singular significant role since then in supporting, not only the ecological, but also, the economic and ecumenical, branches of the Commonwealth in a spirit of Respect, Curiosity, and Service.
An opportunity is open for community participation in creating this unique life-giving garden. Inquiries are welcomed, and further information is available by phoning (778) 679-9331 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Kasey Eriksen. (CC BY-SA 2.0)