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Surrey conservationists honoured by the city

Wady Lehmann - Leader file photo
Wady Lehmann
— image credit: Leader file photo

Green Timbers conservationists, Wady and Betty Lehmann, were honoured Wednesday afternoon with the naming of “Lehmann Grove” at the Surrey Nature Centre.

The Lehmanns’ daughter Susan Lehmann was present at the event to accept the honour on behalf of her parents, who are now deceased.

In the late 1980s, Wady and Betty Lehmann were instrumental in the campaign to preserve Green Timbers Urban Forest and its ecological value to Surrey, and continued to work as stewards of the forest for the next 30 years. Green Timbers Urban Forest, 183 hectares (452 acres) in size, also includes wetlands, a lake, fishing dock, grassland meadows and nature trails.

“Wady and Betty Lehmann were true visionaries of our city. They had the foresight to see the jewel that is Green Timbers Urban Forest and their tireless work to conserve this green space is the lasting legacy they leave to the residents of Surrey” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Thanks to their efforts, Green Timbers is an essential piece of our city’s green heritage; rich in beautiful parks, agriculture and natural areas.”

Green Timbers Urban Forest provides wildlife habitat, contributes to cleaner air and water and reduced air and noise pollution, and provides natural beauty and recreational opportunities for Surrey residents and visitors.

For more information on the history of Green Timbers Urban Forest visit


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