TORONTO, ON – Community volunteers will gather at Woodbine Beach on Sept. 29 to plant a rain garden on the beach. The initiative is lead by Environmental Defence’s Blue Flag Program and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
Rain gardens are shallow, sunken gardens designed to collect and filter the rainwater that runs off hard surfaces like roofs, patios and driveways. Not only are rain gardens an environmentally friendly way to landscape, but they are beautiful and easy to maintain.
Woodbine Beach Rain Garden Planting
WHEN: Tuesday, September 29th
WHERE: Woodbine Beach. The planting site is adjacent to the Martin Goodman Trail west of the Kew Gardens Tennis Club.
TIME:  4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
PHOTO OP: Community volunteers rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty, and taking environmental action by planting a rain garden to help protect water and beautify one of Toronto’s most popular beaches. 
COST: The event is free. Register at: blueflag.ca/woodbinegarden
ABOUT THE BLUE FLAG PROGRAM: The Blue Flag is an internationally recognized and respected eco-label that is awarded to beaches and marinas that have achieved strict standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. Eight Toronto beaches have Blue Flag certification. More details about the Blue Flag program can be found at BlueFlag.ca
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program. Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
ABOUT TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (trca.on.ca): Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) works with its partners to ensure The Living City is built on a natural foundation of healthy rivers and shorelines, greenspace and biodiversity, and sustainable communities.
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For more information, or interview requests, please contact:
Jennifer Mayville, Environmental Defence. jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca, 416-323-9531 ext. 228, (cell) 905-330-0172