NeighbourWoods North in the News
In April, NeigbourWoods North members Shawna MacIvor, Lloyd Lewis, and Gord Edwards proposed to City Council that Owen Sound become officially designated as a Tree City of the World. To be recognized as a Tree City, a community must meet five core standards that illustrate a commitment to caring for its trees and forest. The goal is to connect cities around the world in a network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing community trees and forests. City Council agreed. Read more about Owen Sound's application, the benefits of becoming a Tree City, the process, and standards in the Owen Sound Sun Times
"Urban forests help define a sense of place and well-being where people live, work, play, and learn. The Tree Cities of the World programme is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated." Tree Cities of the World is a
programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation.
Our Plan This Season
Complete naturalization of the turn-around area at the main entrance of the Owen Sound Hospital , adding more plants, rocks, and signage.
Maintain health of the over 3000 trees and shrubs planted on the hospital grounds.
Fall planting of indigenous wild flowers in areas being prepared south of hospital helipad along 8th St. East.
Excavate pathway in hospital helipad area, adding berms and crushed stone for wheel-chair accessibility.
Continue tree planting in the fall, augmenting the Forest of Hope & Healing and adding to the Healing Path trees.
Continue working with the City of Owen Sound to become a Tree City of the World.
Reclaiming Nature with Urban Forestry
Tuesday Tree Care
This summer it's important that we care for the more than 3000 trees and shrubs planted on the grounds of the Owen Sound Hospital to maintain their health. Every Tuesday evening, come rain or shine, we will be mulching, watering, cutting encroaching grass, or whatever else the trees need.
If you would like to help, contact NeighbourWoods North directly or just show up across from the Emergency Entrance at 7:00 pm. We work till 8:30. Whether you volunteer on a regular basis or one time, it's all appreciated.
The Forest of Hope and Healing in the northwest area of the Hospital grounds is divided into six zones, each with two zone coordinators. The zone coordinators inspect their areas to make sure the young trees are getting what they need to thrive. The coordinators sometimes organize additional work crews, so if you can't make it on Tuesday evenings, please contact Lloyd at 226 256 8804 as he may be able to hook you up with zone coordinators working on another day.
We would like to have Zone Coordinators for planted areas along the Healing Path. If you are interested in becoming a Zone Coordinator, please contact Lloyd directly at 226 256 8804
WELCOMING GARDEN AT THE
OWEN SOUND HOSPITAL
With the addition of some decorative rocks and time for many of the plants to establish themselves, the welcoming garden is looking more heartening each day.
We are still looking at signage and artwork for the garden but the timing depends upon funding.
If you would like to help with caring for the welcoming garden, please contact us. In the fall new gardens near the 8th St. East entrance are being planted if you'd like to be there from the beginning.
Join NeighbourWoods North at
Both OSFN and NeighbourWoods North events are listed below. All events 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 for their events. (Click here to become a member.) Register early to avoid disappointment.