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Land Care Niagara – Tree Planting Event

Join us on November 14, 2017 at 9am for a Tree Planting Event

along Walker’s Creek Trail between Parnell and Linwell 

Native Plant Giveaway

It’s time  to split the native flowering plants in the Pollination Garden in Walker’s  Creek Park South.  Bring your own container and take home a native wildflower to try out in your home garden.  Some of the plants being offered are Beardtongue, Virginia Mountain Mint, Coneflower and New England Aster.  Entrance to the park is Richelieu at Old Oxford or Strathcona at Keisten.  Join The Friends and The Niagara Restoration Council between 9 and 11 am!

ADDING COLOUR TO CINDY PARK

Great job volunteers!

The Friends of Walker’s Creek have recently partnered with The City of St. Catharine Green Advisory Committee to create an entrance garden at the Lakeshore Road entrance  of Cindy Park.  The object of this project is to make the entrance to the park more appealing and encourage people to come and enjoy the park.  Once established, trail walkers will enjoy the riot of colour this new garden will bring.  The colour begins now (May) with blue salvia and continues throughout the summer with coneflower, daisy, black eyed Susan, catmint, followed in the fall with sedum and joe pye weed. The tall grass of blue stem will be left tall for winter interest.  Watch for visits from butterflies, bumble bees and other pollinators and of course the songbirds will be enjoying the seeds from these perennial beauties.  Enjoy!

Friends Of Walker’s Creek Volunteer Receives “Youth Volunteer Of The Year” Award

At the City of St. Catharines Annual Volunteer Recognition Night, Kate Hou was awarded the “Margaret MacLennon Youth Volunteer of the Year” Award. KateHouKate began volunteering in September 2014 as she entered Grade 9. Kate spends her volunteer hours along the trails of Walker’s Creek and also with the Friends of Malcomson Eco Park. She arrives early on Saturday mornings, when many of her friends choose to sleep in, ready to tackle any task requested. Kate has become a expert in the proper procedure of tree mulching and last Earth Day took a leadership role instructing youngsters and their parents in this technique. Weather is not a determining factor of volunteering for Kate. She is ready to volunteer in the cold rainy days of spring, the hot sunny days of June and late Fall when the snow decides to fly. Although Kate spends time wheelbarrowing mulch from tree to tree, sweeping and tidying the potting shed and greenhouses, her favourite time is planting native shrubs and wildflowers throughout the parks, finding the perfect spot for each one….in the forest, prairie grassland or the edge of the pond. Kate is a joy to work alongside, always smiling, no job too easy, too hard, to messy….always ready, always willing! Kate is 15 years of age and resides in Thorold with her parents. She is a grade 10 student at Sir Winston High School and enjoys participating in the Book Club. She is considering a career in Business and in a couple of years hopes to follow in her older brother and sister footsteps to university.

Walker’s Creek Area Resident Receives Award

Planting a riparian buffer

Planting a riparian buffer

Late last spring, The Friends of Walker’s Creek were contacted by Rob Tyndall who had recently moved into his Strathcona Bv residence which backs onto Walker’s Creek.  He was concerned about the area owned by the city situated between his property and the creek that had been mowed for several years. He would prefer not to continue with this practice and was looking for another way with less maintenance, but also pleasing to the eye.  The Friends arranged for a meeting with city staff, who owns the property in question, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, who manages the watershed area of the creek, Councillor Bill Phillips and Rob Tyndall.  As a result of the meeting, The City of St. Catharines prepped the area (removed two dead trees), the NPCA provided funding for planting material, a project leader and staff member for planting with The Friends assisting with planting and last but not least, Rob agreed to maintain the area in the future.  This would require removing invasive weeds and minor pruning of shrubs.  The goal of this project  was to establish a riparian buffer using native species  that will protect the creek from runoff, helping to filter sediment and nutrients, while increasing habitat and biodiversity.  As a result of this project there will be an increase in wildlife such as insects, amphibians, songbirds and small animals.  At this year’s NPCA Awards Night, Rob was recognized with an Achievement Award in the Watershed Program.  The Friends of Walker’s Creek congratulate Rob and look forward to watching this new “naturalized” riparian buffer mature under Rob’s supervision !