The NG Times Newspaper

By Pat Babin

The Ferguson Forest Centre, as part of its initiative to involve the community in the ongoing development of this pristine gift of nature, held the first in a series of information sessions relating to the creation of an integrated education and activity center linking the existing Turtle Trail, Anniversary Park, and the Arboretum.

Carl Doucette, FFCC Board member, assisted by John Wilson and Maureen Jacques, at this January 27 meeting held at the Forest Centre, highlighted the progress made thus far and delved into the planning envisioned for the arboretum.

One of the primary objectives of this open house was to obtain input from the North Grenville community. Among the ideas generated for the area include wheelchair accessibility, a bird sanctuary, a dog park, native plant gardens, a butterfly area, and more. Specific information relative to the arboretum was provided by Maureen Jacques whose responsibilities include its development.

The Ferguson Forest is a truly transcendent setting! At this juncture, additional funding is essential for the completion of the arboretum and allied issues. Following consultation with the community, a formal grant application will be submitted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

If you were unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting, a second consultation session will be held  on Saturday, February 13 from 10 am to noon. You can also share your thoughts with Board member, Carl Doucette, at [email protected]. Every suggestion will be closely studied.

It was announced that this initiative has strong support from Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre, and the Board will also seek the backing of the Municipality. Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin was present, along with approximately thirty-five interested citizens. As part of the development of the arboretum, legacy trees are being sold to the public.  Commemorative benches for the area will also be available for purchase. More information will be made available in the near future.

A very enthusiastic group emerged from the meeting. A great opening volley. How fortunate we are to have such a wonderful and productive green space in the heart of North Grenville!!

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