High School Students Join Eco-Stewarts (April 2015)

seed bombA group of Fenelon Falls Secondary School students, teachers, parents and community volunteers from EcoStewards and Friends of Lock 34 joined forces to enhance the grounds around the falls. This was the first of two events to plant native wild flowers in the Lock Park on the east side of the Colbourne Street bridge in Fenelon Falls.

The group began with “Seed Bombing” the wild fringes around the edges of the park with seed pellets, which the students prepared in an earlier workshop, conducted in the school greenhouse.  The second phase of this project will be carried out later this spring, when the students will plant wildflower seedlings that they have grown in the school greenhouse.

Park staff cutbacks in recent years have resulted in the park, which is the focal point of downtown Fenelon Falls, suffering from lack of essential grounds keeping to the point where it was beginning to become overgrown with invasive and unwanted species.  Last summer, a group of concerned citizens formed “Friends of Lock 34” to assist Parks Canada in the clean up and re-beautification of the park.  Since then, much of the overgrowth has been cleared, and plans are underway by the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and EcoStewards to plant and maintain new gardens and wildflower meadows to enhance the park, which is the Jewel of the downtown area.

This project is a concept that was presented to Parks Canada, the Principal and teachers of FFSS and the Friends of Lock 34 by “EcoStewards”, founded by Judy Kennedy and Robbie Preston, who who proudly received The City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Heroes award for 2012.

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