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Friends of the Coves

Project type: 
Community Initiatives Green Funds

Fall 2005 and Fall 2007

In 2005, the Friends of the Coves Subwatershed Inc. has created a Backyard Habitat Program for the Coves neighbourhoods. The project is intended to improve the health of the Coves Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) and Subwatershed.

The Friends of the Coves offered free backyard habitat workshops and natural landscaping consultation. For households that are committed to naturalization, they planted a native tree or shrub, free of charge.

This project helped to provide food and create habitat for wildlife, conserve water, improve the soil, and lessen the need for harmful pesticides and fertilizers. The Friends of the Coves also taught people about composting, rain barrels and invasive species control.

In all, they planted a total of 118 trees and shrubs in neighbourhood yards, and hosted 5 planting days at Eustont Park, 3 with school groups and 2 with volunteers, planting 250 plants.

In the fall of 2007, native trees and shrubs were planted as part of three projects in the Coves neighbourhood: Greenway Park, Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church and Western Daycare. A demonstration garden at Elmwood Avenue Church will help those interested in using native plants in their own gardens to see what the plants look like.