We’ve been busy! Here’s a taste of some of the wonderful outings and corporate greening events we organized in June:
From our “Tour de Trees” with Cycle Oakville:
From our Winston Woods stewardship day with the Genworth Canada team:
From our Langtry Park/14 Mile Creek invasive plant removal day with the Ian Martin Group:
Thanks to all our wonderful event participants and volunteers for their enthusiasm! Thanks especially to the Town of Oakville Parks and Open Space team for their assistance during our stewardship events and thanks to the folks at Conservation Halton for lending us their buckthorn ‘extractigators’! We also appreciate the Oakville Beaver/Inside Halton team helping us spread the word about our events and happenings. READ the article from our day with the Ian Martin Group here!
Thanks also to Krista Sharpe from TVCOGECO for joining us on location!
A while back Oakvillegreen helped establish a communal garden at Trafalgar Park – off of Kerr St. We asked one of the original founders and gardener, Susan Curran, to tell us the story of how the garden grew, both in community and in veggies.
According to Susan, when she retired in 2007, she was looking for a “project”. With help from her daughter she decided to try and organize a community garden somewhere in Oakville. She approached the Town of Oakville and was offered space in Trafalgar Park. Susan was a member of Oakvillegreen at the time and Oakvillegreen was able to assist with insurance and with an application to the Oakville Community Foundation for a small startup grant.
Susan also noted that the approach – a communal garden – was novel for the town, which had only offered allotment plots up to that point. The Town of Oakville assisted with garden preperation and arranged for the Region to deliver compost and the following year erected a fence around the garden.
During the first spring, Susan advertised a meeting for all those interested in gardening together. About 50 people showed up. When it came time to do the actual work, there were about 20 volunteers – of all ages (from 5 up) and with varying degrees of gardening knowledge. Decisions were made collectively and unlike the little red hen, all shared in the work and all shared in the harvest.
Susan also explained that while many of the original gardeners have moved away, a core remain and every year new members join. Also, because the garden is located at the entrance to the park, there is a steady stream of dog walkers, parents on the way to the playground, and residents walking to their apartments. People always stop and ask about the garden, and they are invited to join if they wish. Students also help out as part of their community hours for high school.
The 40 x 50 ft garden is still communal and filling out beautifully again this year with veggies, herbs and flowers. People wanting to join in or help out can contact Susan at: cursusan [at] gmail [dot] com. All are welcome to participate as they are able and members save and share seeds, start their own seedlings, dig free compost from the region and contribute to hard costs such as buying manure.
As incredible as it might seem in just a few weeks a strip of grass has turned into a “pollinators’ paradise”. Just outside of the Glen Abbey Community Centre, the Pollinator Demonstration Garden that was planted by amazing volunteers is fulfilling its objective of attracting pollinators and educating passers-by.
The ground is now covered with blooming perennials, flowering shrubs and small trees, even some berries are beginning to show up. Our thanks goes to the Town of Oakville (who has been watering the garden as needed) and a group of committed Garden Steward Volunteers that visit the garden every week to tidy the mulch, do some weeding, trim plants and keep it clean. If you want to get involved and help with this rewarding task, please sign up using this link.
Oakvillegreen planted several other Pollinator Gardens this spring including at St. Luke’s Catholic School, Al Falah Islamic School, Anglican Church of the Incarnation, Holy Family Catholic School, St. Andrew Catholic School, St. John Paul II Catholic School and Pine Grove Public School. A big thank you to all the volunteers, staff and students that were involved in helping us pull off this amazing task. Together we planted more than 280 plants that will help increase and enhance pollinator habitat in Oakville.