Clare Rennie, the quiet leader behind the Guelph Rotary Forest, grew up on a farm with lots of bush where his appreciation of trees began.
“I’ve had an interest in the environment all my life,” Rennie says.
The Guelph Rotary Forest will see 60,000 trees planted by thousands of community volunteers by 2020, creating a 40-hectare forest on the outskirts of the city. The Rotary Club of Guelph is also committed to help bring the urban tree canopy up to 40 per cent from the current 27.5 per cent by 2020, which is also the 100th anniversary of its founding. For his work on this project, Rennie has received a 2010 Grand River Watershed Award given to organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to conservation.