Annual Fundraising
Yard Sale

What a Success!

Thank  all our supporters we raised over $2300.  That's a lot of trees.  That is amazing. 


On behalf of the organization, we have many people to thank. Firstly, we owe a huge debt to Paul and Lynda Matthies, who for the 3rd year in a row have successfully hosted this event, allowing workers to trample their grass and wander throughout their house, while drinking their coffee and eating their muffins. We are very fortunate.  Secondly, thanks to Sandy Stevenson for playing a major role in the event organization and generously donating many of her lovely items, raising our fundraising total significantly.


Meanwhile, Kari Shufflebotham provided the use of her storage space for NWN.  Many yard sale workers  donated and bought items or baked goodies and helped with the set up/take down.   Thanks to all of you. 

All would have been to no avail without all our generous purchasers.  So thanks to everyone for coming out. 

Image by Ankit Choudhary

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 



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.


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Upcoming  Events

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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.    



Tuesdays,  7:00 -8:30 pm, Owen Sound

TREE CARE at the Hospital

NeighbourWoods North Event



July 4, 7:30  - 11 am, Kimberley


OSFN Event with David Turner



August 21, 1 - 3 PM, Isaac Lake


OSFN Event with Audrey Armstrong



July 10, 9:30 - 12 pm, Shallow Lake


OSFN Event with David Morris



Sept 11, 9:30 am to noon, Indian River


OSFN Event with David Morris



July 17, 7:30 am to noon, Owen Sound


NeighbourWoods North Fundraiser

"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 Mission

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.



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