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Purchase an eco-friendly tree from Trees Ontario in the Distillery Historic District, Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Purchase an eco-friendly tree from Trees Ontario in the Distillery Historic District, Nov. 29-Dec. 15

Toronto, ON, November 7, 2013 – For the third consecutive year, Trees Ontario and Ontario Wood donated a massive Christmas tree for central display at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market.

The 50-foot tree was delivered today via a 100-foot boom truck and was installed into a state-of-the-art tree stand that sits year-round beneath the cobblestones.

The approximately 50-year-old tree, to be adorned with more than 18,000 lights and ornaments, is a popular market attraction. To be held Nov. 29 to Dec. 16, the free outdoor event draws more than 240,000 visitors to Toronto’s Distillery Historic District. The Nov. 29 kick-off event will include a main-stage ceremony and lighting of the main laneway leading up to the central feature: the giant Christmas tree.

The tree that Trees Ontario donates to the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market every year – like all real Christmas trees – is biodegradable. In fact, when the tree comes down after the holiday season, Trees Ontario arranges for the tree to be chipped. This wood chip mulch is then used in parks and other outdoor areas around the city to ensure the healthy growth and survival of other trees.

Trees Ontario’s participation will also include staff presence at the market – selling Ontario-grown Christmas trees, wreathes, boughs and other “green” items as well as educating the public about forest restoration programs and the environmental choice of choosing real Christmas trees. Proceeds will benefit tree planting throughout Ontario.

The fourth annual Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market will capture all the traditions, heritage and charm of a European Christmas market, while showcasing hundreds of unique products, family-friendly entertainment, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens and much more.

Trees Ontario at the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market

When: Nov. 29- Dec. 15 (Monday to Friday: noon to 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Where: 55 Mill Street, Distillery Historic District, Toronto

According to the Ontario Forestry Association and Ontario Wood, real Christmas trees are more environmentally friendly than artificial trees:

  • Christmas trees are raised for that purpose, often on marginal land that wouldn’t support other types of agriculture.
  • Trees provide environmental benefits such as wildlife habitat, soil and water retention.
  • Christmas tree plantations act as a carbon dioxide sink.
  • One acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people daily.
  • In Ontario, more than 500 farmers produce more than one million Christmas trees each year.
  • Real Christmas trees are 100 per cent biodegradable. Trees mulched after Christmas are often used in municipal parks.
  • In comparison, artificial trees are non-biodegradable and their manufacturing process requires large amounts of fossil fuels. In addition, the transportation of artificial trees halfway around the world adds significantly to the overall consumption of fossil fuels.