Fall Weekend Encompasses Nature Walks, Tree Planting

Initiatives target creating greener, sustainable communities

Trees for sale at Ecology Park.

In a BioBlitz of Kawartha Heights Park, community members worked with local experts to observe and identify the many species living there. Experts led walks through the area and supported participants in the study of the flora and fauna.

The BioBlitz was part of the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program. GreenUP celebrated the release their SUN Action Plans, which are resources for cultivating resilient, green and efficient neighbourhoods. The plans were developed using co-design approaches and are based on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s successful SNAP model.

Photo courtesy of GreenUP.

The program encompasses East City–Curtis Creek and Kawartha Heights neighbourhoods.

The three-year program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

In addition to neighbourhood planning, SUN helps install gardens and trees based on the priorities identified by neighbourhood residents and partners.

Fall is the best time to plant a tree, as the soil conditions become ideal for tree roots to establish themselves.

GreenUP held its annual autumn tree sale at Ecology Park on Oct. 5 offering a variety of trees.

Ecology Park staff were on hand to offer advice on choosing the right tree, tree planting and general tree care.

The one-day sale helps citizens save money on select trees and shrubs and provides the chance for community members to interact with other tree-planting enthusiasts.

Until Oct. 13, the Ecology Park is open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lead photo by Yvonne Hollandy.

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