Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Last Planting of the Season

The pond at Beechwood Wetland

My community stewardship site this year was at the Beechwood Wetland. We spent most of the summer removing invasive plants such as Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) and Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata). We cut down some Glossy Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) and we had the city come and remove some larger specimens of Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and Manitoba Maple (Acer Negundo). They also treated remnant patches of Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum).

The result is that there are quite a few gaps in the site. Rather than have them infiltrated by more invasives next year, I asked the city if they could spare some trees and shrubs for the site. They have been busy up until now but I finally managed to schedule a planting for this Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10AM to 12 noon. The site is on the lower Don Trail about 800m north of Pottery Road. There is street access via Beechwood Drive. Park your car beside the road just on the west side of the DVP near the police dog facility.

Location Map (click to enlarge)

We have about 4 or 5 people committed but it would be nice to have more. If you are free this Saturday I would appreciate any help. As an incentive I will give anyone who comes out a loonie. All you have to do is answer this question, "What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?" (You also have to plant at least one tree).

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