At the impetus of some of the dog owners, there'll be a group burdock-cutting this weekend and they extend the following invitation:
It's currently prime burdock cutting time -- ie: before it flowers. By spending a few hours cutting the plants now, we'll save innumerable hours later in the season pulling or cutting out the burrs from the dogs' fur (and our socks).
BURDOCK IS LARGE LEAFED WITH A SLIGHTLY FUZZY UNDERSIDE. ITS FLOWERS ARE PURPLE WHICH TURN IN TO SPIKY BURRS
Sadly one of the three oldest trees in Trinity Bellwoods Park was hit by a graffiti-ist late last week.
This American Elm is a rare mature survivor (so far) of Dutch Elm disease and is estimated to be 100+ years old. It is situated just north of the circular path and under its majestic boughs is a popular spot for picnicing. The solvents used to remove graffitti would be toxic for this tree so parks staff will use a darker paint to obscure the indignity. Life in a shared public space can clearly be tough on the trees.
On a happier note, a National Post article reported recently on various efforts in Toronto to maintain and increase our tree canopy. Speaking of which, here in our park we've got 65+ volunteers who are watering and mulching the newly planted trees for their first 4 to 5 years to ensure their survivival.
SUNDAY MAY 6th - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
One of many "Jane's Walks" taking place this weekend in the park and the city (and across the country), this one is led by Jon Harstone.
TUESDAY, MAY 8th - THE TRINITY BELLWOODS FARMER’S MARKET BEGINS! yay!
When: Tuesdays, 3:00-7:00 PM, May 8th- October 30th
Where: Shaw and Dundas
Who: Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market
SUNDAY, JUNE 10th - SPRING PARK DAY AT TRINITY BELLWOODS
What: Come green your park! Mulch trees, adopt a tree, attend a hands-on pruning workshop in the park, plant flowers and native shrubs and more...
When: 10:00-1:00 PM
Where: Meet at the green house - just behind TRC
Who: Hosted by Friends of Trinity Bellwoods.
ADOPT-A-TREE PROGRAM GEARING UP FOR 2012 SEASON
A great big thank you to the fourteen youths who volunteered their time to pick up garbage in our park -- as well as in a number of other parks in our area -- yesterday, Sunday, April 15.
They are part of Central Ontario Building Trades' "Hammerhead" program which is a skill and employment-based training program within the construction industry offering apprenticeship career opportunities to youth and this is not the first year they've done this for our park.
Park staff from the Urban Forestry department have been in the park over the past few days pruning trees. Many areas of the park are long overdue for this attention as trees have been carrying dead or unhealthy limbs. In many cases the pruning will also open up the interior canopy of the tree letting more light in to allow more growth.