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Caledon's First Annual Rain Barrel Artist Collection To Be Unveiled

May 12, 2011

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For Immediate Release               

 

(TORONTO, May 12, 2011)

Eleven artists, students and creative Caledonians have been chosen to create one-of-kind artistic rain barrels for Paint a Picture for Water Conservation, Caledon's First Annual Rain Barrel Artist's Collection, launching May 17, 1:00 - 2:30 at Caledon Town Hall.  All 11 rain barrels and some of the artists will be on-hand for the unveiling.

Rain barrels are garden features that capture rainwater from your rooftop. This water would normally run into a storm drain, culvert or ditch before flowing directly into our local river, carrying all pollutants that it picks up along the way. Rain barrels not only prevent this, but the fresh, clean water they collect can be used to water your veggie patch, potted flowers and hanging baskets.

Rain barrels are often seen as characterless and boring. Paint a Picture for Water Conservation partners, including Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), ecoCaledon and Region of Peel, hope that the transformation of this normally drab outdoor feature into a masterpiece for the garden will increase awareness of water conservation.

When: Tuesday, May 17th 1:45-2:30 pm (Project launch and photo opportunity to take place at 1:45 pm. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start time)

Where: Caledon Town Hall, 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon, Ontario

The Rain Barrel Artist's Collection will be displayed at various locations within the Caledon community from May 28th - June 30th. Participating locations include: Berney's Pro Hardware, Trailside Café, Foodland Caledon East, Caledon Town Hall, Davis Feed, Albion Bolton Library, Zehrs Bolton, Home Depot Bolton, Canadian Tire Bolton, Glen Echo Nursery and various TRCA and EcoCaledon participating event locations.

After visiting the rain barrels residents can also enter for a chance to win a rain barrel of their own to decorate by simply answering the Water Wisdom Questions online at www.trca.on.ca/rainbarrelcontest. All entries will receive a pass to the Albion Hills Conservation Area.

These  unique rain barrels will also go up for auction online between May 28th and July 1st. Visit www.trca.on.ca/rainbarrelcontest to place your bid on one of these attractive garden features. All money raised from the auction will go to support the environmental education activities and scholarships offered by ecoCaledon.

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca; www.trca.on.ca/yards; www.citizensforacleancaledon.org/;www.peelregion.ca/watersmartpeel/; www.ecocaledon.org 

 

                                                     

 

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