Message from the GTHS Past-President, Peter Maarsman

What a beautiful time to be in Green Timbers Forest. It is a time of rebirth and there is excitement all over the forest as trees add their new green foliage, plants and shrubs begin to bloom adding a rainbow of colour to paint the forest. Strange fragrant scents assail our noses, as we walk the trails breathing in the crystal clean air. A symphony of rapture assaults our ears as birds return to the forest from many distant places. There is a hive of activity as birds build their nests, lay eggs for the young chicks to hatch and eventually fly away for another winter.

Frogs and salamanders are oozing out of their muddy sanctuaries shaking off the winter sleep and laying much smaller eggs but in larger numbers. Soon we will see hundreds of tadpoles swimming in our wetlands. You will hear new sounds in the meadows as wildlife begin their mating season and if you are very silent and watchful you might even see the new baby animals venturing out on their new life of discovery. While you can’t hear it unless you listen very carefully there is also a rustle of new life under the ground as insects, moles and voles forage for food.

Find a secluded spot, (there are many in the forest), and take some time to meditate, for a short while forget your troubles and think of the wonders surrounding you. Hear the bees buzzing around the flowers or maybe your thoughts are interrupted by a woodpecker drilling for bugs in an old tree or a duck splash landing in the nearby lake. Think of the magic of it all. Then you can return to your other noisy, worrisome world feeling a little refreshed and relaxed ready to tackle your cares once again.

When you think about it you have to wonder why we want to destroy all this. Why cut down our forests that do so much for us. When we build a new house, let’s leave that line of trees along the fence.

There are fewer songbirds this year. Many more are becoming extinct across North America. Yes even those buzzing honeybees are dying off around the world. What a shame! You don’t hear the frogs everywhere, anymore. But we still hear them in the Green Timbers!

Makes you wonder what a world we will have in the future. We still seem to be cutting down so many trees in Surrey. I don’t know about you but I will trade the noise of bulldozers for the sound of birds and bees. I like to see the wild animals and amphibians living near by. I love to smell the flowers blooming in the spring and eating the fruit later on in the summer.    We don’t want to live in a place without trees, birds and wildlife.    Let’s all work toward forest preservation.     

Each summer, Green Timbers Heritage Society along with the City Parks organizes funding for SNAP workers in the Forest to plant trees, maintain trails, and educate the public. 
Come to the Forest and have a walk one day soon!

Please share your opinions with us! Call Ellen Edwards at 604-526-1265.

Download Summer Handout

News & Events

Prev Next

National Forest Week in Surrey - Sep…

National Forest Week in Surrey September 21-27, 2014 Surrey has many forested areas to enjoy, so it's easy to get outside to celebrate this special week. Check out the events at: h... Read more

Upcoming meetings

Thursday, September 4, 7pm - Board of Directors meeting.    Thursday, November 6, 7pm - Annual General Meeting Read more

World Ocean Day - Jun 8, 2014

June 8 at Blackie SpitWe're looking for volunteers to help staff our booth Read more

Salmon workshop - May, 2014

Salmon workshop - May, 2014

Postponed until May, 2014 Evergreen, a national organization that aims to inspire action to green cities, is organizing an upcoming Salmon in the City Workshop about the importanc... Read more

Party for the Planet - April 26,…

April 26 at City Hall PlazaWe're looking for volunteers to help staff our booth   Read more

Discovery Days - Mar 26, 2014

March 26 at the Surrey Nature CentreMeet a nature guide who will get you started with your discoveries in the forest.  Create an eco-craft, explore with a scavenger hunt and and le... Read more

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar – submitted by Peter Maarsman One of the questions we get asked is, “What is the official tree of British Columbia?” Answer:  It is the Western Red Cedar and it ... Read more

Summer 2012 Story

Summer 2012 Story

What happens to blown-over trees?    by Peter Maarsman During the winter and spring, there have been a lot of strong winds which have blown over more trees. I get asked all the tim... Read more

Summer Handout 2012

Summer Handout 2012

Message from the GTHS Past-President, Peter Maarsman What a beautiful time to be in Green Timbers Forest. It is a time of rebirth and there is excitement all over the forest as tr... Read more

Volunteer Request Form

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY REQUEST FORM Our Mission Volunteer Resources leads the growth and development of the City of Surrey's volunteer movement by: • Continually ... Read more

GTHS eNewsletter


Follow Green Timbers


Green Timbers Heritage Society

© 2002-2014, Green Timbers Heritage Society. All Rights Reserved! 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 0J2