Conception Bay South got a little greener over the weekend, as members of the CBS Community Garden, the St. John’s Rotaract Club (a major partner with the garden), and the CBS Green Team planted 53 trees at personal care homes and other community areas.
Julia Bloomquist, a member of the CBS Community Garden Committee, said her group applied for funding last winter from a community partner, who wished not to be named.
They received the news in the spring that they would receive not the 25 trees they had anticipated, but 53, valued at $150 each.
The birch, spruce and pine trees planted around the community were sourced locally through Hickey’s Nursery in Kelligrews, and proved to be a big task for the 20-odd volunteers.
“The trees were about three times the size we were imagining, which means the holes needed to be three times the size. So, we actually got two-thirds of the trees in the ground Saturday, and CBS Community Garden members spent Monday getting the rest of them in, in anticipation of (Hurricane) Teddy and a bit of weather,” said Bloomquist. “The purpose was really three-fold: to have a community building event; to create a bit more of a windbreak in an area where so many trees have been cleared; and to add another unique type of local vegetation.”
She added that collaborative events such as this are very true to the spirit of the CBS Community Garden.
The group chose to cancel this year’s Harvest Festival due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will be going ahead with the annual pumpkin stroll November 1, which gives the group an opportunity to compost the town’s Halloween jack-o-lanterns (after displaying them for residents to enjoy). They are also currently booking the garden space to community groups, including use of the fire pit, classroom, staging area, and for tours.
Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News