Thanks to the generosity of our local school district, the outdoor classroom at Devon Middle School now features a set of benches (with more to be added by the school at a later date), to enable students to gather and work around the wetland. A neighbour also contributed a table as an outdoor work space.
While we work to raise more funds for our summer projects — such as an interpretive sign and more wetland plants at Devon Middle School — it is also time to begin work on our next project: establishing a nature trail at Garden Creek School.
Work began last week on clearing a narrow path through the vegetation...
...using hand tools as much as possible to limit potential impacts from noise and pollution.
Once a path had been cleared, a class of Grade 4 students from the school helped plant out a variety of seedlings of native New Brunswick tree species, donated by the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick.
These seedlings were planted along the sides of gullies to help protect them from further erosion caused by run-off water from the school grounds.
Due to shading from the tree canopy, a number of these gullies remain wet throughout the year, necessitating the installation of boardwalks where the trail crosses these areas.
Now that these boardwalks are in place, the next step is the formal establishment of the trail itself, using mulch and gravel generously donated by local businesses.
If you're in Fredericton and have some time during the day (9am–4pm) over the next 2–3 weeks, we'd love to have you join us and contribute to building the trail. If interested, please drop me a line — we have tools for up to 8 people at any time.
It's a beautiful spot in which to work, and you never know what you might find...