In the field of chicory, knapweed, grasses, trefoil, curly dock and more at the Owen Sound Hospital there are trees growing. To avoid cutting down the seedlings and small saplings the fields must be left unmown. The full field also helps to retain moisture at least a bit. A walk through the young Forest of Hope and Healing reveals lovely surprises, a few disappointments, but a promise of growth.
Last night a group from NeighbourWoods North walked the field. We confirmed what we had suspected, in spite of the abundant spring rains some of the trees are in need of water. The soil quality and moisture retention is very uneven throughout the forest area. Other young trees need their protective tree guards removed to allow them to leaf. Others do need some of the growth around them cleared. We will probably be working in the forest for a couple hours each week for the foreseeable future and you can help by volunteering. Watch Facebook, Twitter or our website for announcements about days and times.