GREEN THUMB- City council candidate Paul Harris plants an apple tree at Sunnybrook Farm recently.

Planting new trees not election campaign signs

City council contender Paul Harris helped green up Sunnybrook Farm recently, making good on a campaign commitment.

Harris had said several months ago that he wouldn’t put up campaign signs if his campaign’s facebook page reached 500 supporters by Sept. 20.

On Sept. 1, Harris announced that the site has reached the 500 mark.

That sparked another initiative.

“For every 100 new supporters on facebook we will plant a fruit tree at Sunnybrook Farm,” said Harris.

Recently, he planted two apple trees on the picturesque farm.

“If others want to add trees as well, we could give Sunnybrook Farm an orchard by the end of the campaign,” he said. “We’d like to see 12 trees at least.”

Harris said there were a number of reasons why he wanted to bypass putting up election signs around the City.

For one thing, he wasn’t keen on putting up signs and cluttering up the environment.

They also need to be taken care of, which can use up valuable time, he said.

“There’s also a lot of time taken up by maintaining those signs, cleaning up graffiti on them and putting them back up. I’d rather be spending time talking to the community about what matters.”

mweber@reddeerexpress.com

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