1 тоннаКислорода будет произведена
We’ve had great support from the students and teachers at West Royalty, and since 2005 have been working on an adjacent property near the arterial highway. The four-hectare parcel was slated for development, but the provincial government turned it over to the Eastern School District. The field, which was mowed but unused, will eventually be turned into an Acadian forest with help from Macphail Woods and the school. We designed a trail through the area and started planting. The area is already used by students and the broader community, and the plants are growing quite nicely. In another 10-15 years, it will be an even more wonderful addition to the school. One exciting development is that over the past four years, tree swallows have been nesting in nest boxes that we set up on cedar poles donated and erected by Maritime Electric. It is also great to see a large variety of birds and insects already making use of the plantings. It gives students and everyone else involved a chance to see how their actions can have very positive environmental impacts.
We are now ready to head into the next stage of planting with the students and staff. Over the next year we will be adding 2,500 new plants to the area, a mixture of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns. The species we will use will be white birch, red oak, grey birch, red maple, American elm, white ash, black ash, white spruce, black spruce, white pine, eastern larch, balsam fir, highbush cranberry, winterberry holly, willow, chokecherry, red-berried elder, red chokeberry, speckled alder, American mountain ash, spirea, serviceberry, red osier dogwood, wild rose, sumac, hawthorn, yellow coneflower, starry false Solomon’s seal, seaside goldenrod, wood fern, interrupted fern and ostrich fern.
While the school and community are already making use of the trail, once the plantings get larger and the area has more sense of being a forest, it will offer many more educational opportunities, as well as provide a source of seeds.