Reclaiming Nature with Urban Forestry
October Planting Spree
a Big Success
So many people turned out to help we were able to finish early. Thank you to all the volunteer regulars and to the 30 new volunteers.
We planted 425 trees and shrubs - about 125 large trees and 300 smaller ones. We wrapped, mulched and staked trees both along the Healing Path and in the Forest of Hope & Healing.
Plus, the Meadow crew worked hard, laying down the plastic in preparation for next springs plantings. Over the winter, the plastic will not allow light in and help to kill off the weeds and grass to make it easier to plant meadow flowers next spring. Get ready!
Much of the work this fall was made possible with the financial support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and fundraising efforts headed by volunteers Lynda and Paul Matthies.
For more pictures from the October Planting Spree go here.
A Work in Progress
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Upcoming OSFN Outdoor Events
The OSFN outdoor events listed below adhere to COVID 19 gathering restrictions at the time of the event. This includes numbers, social distancing and use of masks. Because numbers are limited, members of Owen Sound Field Naturalists have first priority. (Click here to become a member.) Register early to avoid disappointment. If you must cancel later, please let the event leader know so that others may enjoy the outing. Remember that washroom facilities may not be available on many outings even if they have been in the past. As COVID 19 restrictions change, updates will be made.
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Upcoming OSFN Winter Events
The OSFN winter events listed below adhere to COVID 19 gathering restrictions at the time of the event. This includes numbers, social distancing and use of masks. Because numbers are limited, members of Owen Sound Field Naturalists have first priority. (Click here to become a member.) Presentations are via Zoom. Go to OSFN website for more information on registering for lectures. Register early to avoid disappointment. As COVID 19 restrictions change, updates will be made.
WE DIG GREY BRUCE!
In the world of construction, excavation contractors do much more than haul dirt around: site preparation, grading, trenching and many other soil-related tasks. Products include Aggregate, Top Soil, Asphalt, Landscape Rocks. MacDonnell Excavating is assisting NeighbourWoods North with the Welcoming Garden and the Healing Path, donating time, labour & equipment.
Friends of the Environment Foundation
Since 1990 TD FEF has supported environmental projects in communities across Canada. With the generous support of donors, TD FEF has granted over $90 million to more than 27,000 projects. TD Bank Group covers administrative costs so 100% of every dollar donated is used to fund local environmental projects. TD FEF is supporting the Welcoming Garden and the Healing Path.
Volunteer of the Month
It helps to know the right people. And Gene Cassidy is one of the right people. Gene learned of NeighbourWoods North through his involvement with the Owen Sound Walking group, an informal group of active retirees. Like many in the group, Gene gets involved. Gene wants to help make Owen Sound a "more enjoyable and healthy place to live - naturalizing areas, creating walking paths, encouraging people to get out in nature, making our city more beautiful. " And if he can do that by being outside, doing something physical with a team, he is in his element. Gene especially enjoys his fellow volunteers who all seem to enjoy helping, smiling through it all. Except maybe the freezing rain!
Featured Friends & Supporters
NeighbourWoods North organizes naturalization and tree planting projects with volunteers in the Owen Sound area to create environmental benefits, enhance the attractiveness of the community, and contribute to local quality of life.