“It took a long time to find a suitable site for such an important memorial, but eventually, a seven acre site was found right in the heart of England, in part of the famous Charnwood Forest.” It was here that the Richard St. Barbe Baker received its dedication ceremony in 1985, the International Year of the Forest. Well over a hundred people came for the ceremony and the official opening. His Royal Highness, the Patron of the International Tree Foundation [ITF], the Prince of Wales paid the tributes in the official opening. Greetings were brought from co-founder Senior Chief Josiah Njonjo, and ITF branches worldwide sent greetings. HRH unveiled a magnificent plaque, and planted a fine Canadian Oak, in respect of Richard St. Barbe Baker’s Canadian connections. 1.
This was a celebration which Richard St. Barbe Baker would have surely approved of, “for he said to a lady once who wanted to plant a tree in his honour, “Madam, don’t plant a tree, plant a wood.” Well, in England they have! 1.
And, that’s not all, here in Saskatoon we have honoured the Loving Father of Trees, Baba Wya Miti with a 326 acre afforestation area in the city of Saskatoon! Following their meeting of October 19, 1978 the , the Parks and Recreation Board resolved to put forward the recommendation for the naming of this afforestation area as the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (urban regional park). On October 30th, 1978, City Council received the proposal, and on January 4, 1979, Council approved the naming of this Urban Regional Park, which was part of the first 660 acres set out as “forest in perpetuity” by A.L. Ligtermoet, Assistant Parks Superintendent in 1972.
What an honour and tribute for Richard St. Barbe Baker, the Loving Father of Trees. Along with the recommendation, the Parks and Recreation Board submitted a number of notable biographies and commemorations bestowed upon Richard St. Barbe Baker worldwide.
There is a forest in Saskatoon. It is a secret forest which no one had ever heard about. This forest is named after Richard St. Barbe Baker because he planted trees, and here in this park hundreds upon thousands of trees were planted. It was a perfect match. Forest visitors hearing the story of Richard St. Barbe Baker fall in love with the Saskatoon forest and want to protect it. They want to make the forest as special and magnificent as this great man was special and magnificent.
The Legacy of Saskatoon’s Secret Forest Saturday November 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm CST (UTC-6) A free community service event. Many people have heard of David Suzuki, David Attenborough, British Ecologist Thomas Crowther, or Greta Thunberg. Richard St. Barbe Baker was the first global conservationist and humanitarian. This is our way to remember his international legacy.
For more information:
1.Source page 8. Tree Journal 1985. Title 1985 is the International Year of the Forest. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Memorial Wood.
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
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