Our community tree planting on September 28th at Arbourview Park was a great success! Not only we planted close to 200 native trees but this time, it was amazing to see a huge number of youth volunteers representing 12 or more Oakville schools. We loved seeing new and familiar faces and felt hopeful and inspired by young volunteers willing to make a difference! We are thankful to the Town of Oakville for their continued support!
Monika is in grade 6 at Oodenawi Public School. She first heard about the tree planting event during the Oakvillegreen biodiversity presentation and nature walk earlier in September. She decided to take action and bring her whole family to help and increase the tree canopy in the town they live. Monika knew already so much about the benefits of planting native trees and the threats that invasives are posing to our urban forest. Way to go!
In the spring we had the pleasure of leading a tree walk and starting red oak trees from seeds with members of an Oakville youth hockey team and their families! The team’s coach Adam Jezewski thought it would be a great idea for the boys to grow stronger as a team not only by the sport that united them but also by doing something in the community that contributes to a better and greener future. His son Nolan embraced the idea and took ownership of the project. Nolan looked after the oak seedlings over the summer and joined us along with his family at the community planting.
Maria and Bryan Bennell have hardly missed any of our planting events in the past few years. Always enthusiastic, hard-working and a beautiful example of a great family team effort! Maria has earned many community volunteer hours a way before even getting into high school. Bryan has already helped in other capacities, such as gathering information and stats about our urban trees. The Bennel family are very active in their community and are to be seen often walking and cycling as a mode of daily commuting to school and work.
Noah is a student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School. He volunteered his Saturday morning and helped us set up, plant and clean up after the event. We enjoyed meeting him and were grateful for all his hard work. Volunteers are a life force of our communities’ well-being and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity and work with so many who have decided to dedicate their time towards a greener Oakville.
Julie Kelly is a science teacher and eco lead at Abbey Park High School. She has been very supportive of Oakvillegreen’s initiatives and always engaging students in eco-learning and action. The eco-club at the school has one of the highest enrollments among our Oakville secondary schools. Thanks to Ms. Kelly’s continuous support and students’ commitment, we are happy to see members of the school eco-team at all our tree planting events.
Oakvillegreen board members Stephanie Bush and Alex Jones came with members of their families and worked tirelessly to allow these beautiful native trees to go in the ground.
There were many other volunteers, from all ages, different schools, and various professional background. We all had one thing in COMMON – the realization that planting trees is a vital step in fighting climate change and in supporting healthier green spaces in Oakville! Thank you for joining us, we look forward to planting again with you in the spring of 2020!
Please, consider sponsoring a tree here, no contribution is too small. Together, we make a difference!
Once your Rain Garden is planted and ready it is time to enjoy the multiple benefits it provides to your property and the environment, but just like with any other garden it is important to take care of it.
Rain Garden Maintenance should be pretty simple if the garden is designed correctly and the adequate plants are selected (native plants once established do not need extra watering or too much care).
To keep its beauty and functionality over the years it is important to consider a few important details like:
- keeping a thick layer of mulch,
- remove weeds,
- make sure that the inlet and outlet are free of debris,
- water during the first season so the plants’ root system gets established, or in drought or heat periods,
- do not use any type of fertilizer
Find more information about Rain Garden care on our Rain Garden Manual 2019
We are excited to announce one of the projects we worked on this summer, the rain garden located at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville (1240 Old Abbey Lane, L6M 3Y4).
The rain garden at the Church of Incarnation will help catch run off water from their large parking lot, and will retain water before it reaches the stormwater drain. This will reduce run off and decrease the amount of pollutants entering their neighbourhoods creek. This project will also add to the impressive list of green initiatives the church community has become involved in, such as their new geo-thermal heating system, buckthorn removal in their properties forest, and rain barrels to water their community garden.
Before the garden was built the parking lot suffered from the pooling of water and mud after rainfall and thaw, causing inaccessibility for 2 parking spots for some months of the year. Capturing runoff water has improved the parking lot condition and helped clear those 2 parking spots.
The garden was designed by Sean James (landscape designer specializing in native species and rain gardens). A large number of community groups and organizations were involved and made this project a community success. The process included site assessments, volunteer training, garden design, site preparation and planting and mulching. Partners included Green Communities Canada, Halton Environmental Network, Halton Food Council, Fern Ridge Eco Landscaping, Harpski Landscaping, and Maple Hill Tree Services and the Anglican Church of the Incarnation and community volunteers. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Scott’s Canada who provided the necessary funding and grants to make the plan a reality.
On June 2019, Oakvillegreen delivered a presentation to members of the congregation to explain the importance of Green Infrastructure and Rain gardens, as well as describe the volunteer roles needed during the project.
On June 7th the site preparation was started with 3 volunteers and staff from the aforementioned landscaping companies which included removal of the sod and soil, and excavation to provide the correct gradient and slope to the garden. Scott’s compost was added to help break the clay and loosen the soil.
On June 13th with help from volunteers, the garden was finally planted. During the event, volunteers helped dig and plant native shrubs, flowers, grasses and sedges. Scott’s mulch was then put in place.
Throughout the summer visits have been made by Oakvillegreen to remove weeds, water the plants, and monitor the gardens after rainfalls.
The Anglican Church of Incarnation is delighted with the garden they helped plant and the environmental impact it will contribute to their own backyard.