At the planting last Friday, 200 native trees and shrubs were planted by community volunteers to enhance the dogwood thicket. This area provides spectacular cover for migrating songbirds and is fast becoming the birding hotspot in the park. Members of Friends of Sam Smith and CCFEW, local students from Lanor Middle School, volunteers from Southern Graphics Systems Canada and City staff all helped to get the job done.
Along with the planting, Justin DiCiano from One Village Care and Councillor Grimes presented Purple Martin houses, built by local youth, to Friends of Sam Smith and CCFEW for the park. The beautiful birdhouses were hand made and “donated to honour the work and the effort that both organizations put into helping to maintain our parkland.”
The two birdhouses will be installed later on in the year. Toronto Region Conservation Authority will assess how best to install them in the right locations and in such a way that they can be cleaned out each September.