VI Urban Grove

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 Urban Grove of Trees will serve four purposes:

  1. To reinforce the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy
  2. To celebrate the Society’s centennial
  3. To honour the contribution trees provide for life, especially as a way to mitigate some of the negative effects of climate variance
  4. To ensure local and visiting residents a place for peace and serenity in the midst of many urbanization stress and demands

The trees were planted in February 2021 in Triangle Green In Victoria’s Inner Harbour. The grove was officially unveiled on Commonwealth Day, March 9th.

Triangle Green with saplings, March 2021

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.

Further information is available by emailing vancouverisland@rcs.ca.

Header image: Kasey Eriksen. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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