28th September: Over 6 years we have now completed 8 plantings in Cedarvale Park. Last Saturday 22nd September we added 150 trees and bushes to our very first planting, on the slope beside the dog park. The weather was pleasantly cool – just right for planting. Volunteer numbers were small at first, but by 11 am we had 40-50 people. Once again Cheryl Post of Parks was in charge, with 3 other Parks staff to assist. Here is Karen Sun, well known to us as a nature walk leader, now giving a planting demonstration:
Here is the group watching the demo:
This group is listening to instructions from someone off-camera:
Three happy volunteers! In the background you can see the (finally) completed shade structure:
What is this? Someone spotted it right beside the planting area. It is a giant puffball (a form of mushroom):
Another happy volunteer, just plopping a tree into its hole:
This man came out to our planting on the steps up from the arena carpark two years ago. He is with Optimum SBR Canada, a consulting firm. They sent a group of 7-8 people.
Delta Toronto Hotel sent a group of about 10 people. As usual, groups formed the majority of the volunteers and heard about the planting from the city’s web site. There was a group from Amma Canada, part of the worldwide Amma organization. There were several people from our e-mail list and also several neighbourhood families, such as this one:
Unfortunately, the mulch contractor had arrived at the wrong time, when Parks staff were not there, and had left the mulch beside the arena. This meant that it all had to be moved, in one wheelbarrow and many pails, across from the arena to the dog park. Here is Steering Committee member, Ivor, with the same 3 happy volunteers we saw earlier:
This young lad was having a great time helping his Dad with the mulch:
There is a technical term for these things that I cannot remember; they are cardboard, fit neatly around the stem of the plant and the mulch goes on top of them:
Another one is being installed around a white pine at bottom right below:
We were all finished before noon. Thanks to Cheryl and her staff for setting out the plants before our arrival, instructing us on proper planting techniques and monitoring us as we planted and mulched the trees and bushes. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Here is the list of species:
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Our next event will be a table at the EcoFair at Wychwood Barns on Sunday 4th November 11 am to 4 pm. Come and talk to us there!