Kwalikum Secondary School students want to plant fruit trees in Qualicum Beach.
The students from Global ROAMS, an outdoor career education and leadership program, approached Qualicum Beach council for support for their initiative. They indicated through a youth action project, they want to make a positive change for the environment.
“We were thinking of planting fruit trees in or near town for anyone that would like to have some fruit when they are fully grown,” the group wrote in their letter to Mayor Brian Wiese. “Our intentions behind this project are to make fruits more accessible to the public. We were wondering if you would be willing to help us make this project possible and show our community that good change is possible.”
Council discussed the request at its regular meeting on May 18.
Corporate administrator and deputy CAO Heather Svensen informed council there is no space available at the community garden, which already has nine fruit trees the public has access to.
Svensen recommended to council staff work with the students and School District 69 to possibly plant fruit trees at the community garden by the Qualicum Beach Commons.
Council unanimously endorsed the recommendation.