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Sandy Hill riparian forest biodiversity project gets underway

An evening planting session wraps up with uOttawa student volunteers Andrew Calderon, Tabatha Dovan, and Fatoumata Fané, along with Cathy Major.                                                                
Photo Marilyn Whitaker

As reported in the April – May edition of IMAGE, the Sandy Hill Riparian Forest Biodiversity Project was one of the projects selected for grant funding from the TD Environmental Leaders Program. This project builds on work begun last year by Sandy Hill residents, with support from the City of Ottawa, to remove and suppress Japanese knotweed in several areas along the Rideau River path.

Six student volunteers were recruited this spring through the uOttawa Community Engagement Team. In early May, these volunteers along with some community volunteers began to monitor and clear Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants in and around sites where work was done last year. To create shaded areas where knotweed and other invasives are less likely to thrive, a variety of native trees, shrubs and perennials are being planted. These include species which can withstand spring flooding, or offer erosion control on steep slopes, or adapt to sunny or shady conditions, and thus help maintain a diverse and resilient environment. The project continues into June.

— Marilyn Whitaker




Who will take over for Mathieu Fleury in October?

Local resident and activist Stéphanie Plante is considering running in the 2022 municipal election for the seat in Rideau-Vanier and is excited about this possibility.

Laura Shantz is a mom, a community advocate and a runner, and she wants to run for something new: to be councillor for Rideau-Vanier.

Attention all book lovers!

The Good Book Sale is back at the One and Only Arts and Craft Sale on November 12 at the Sandy Hill Community Centre. We will happily accept your donations of gently used good books a few weeks before the sale. More information in the Fall issue of IMAGE.

For questions or to volunteer, contact Charlotte: deneeveweber@gmail.com or 613-290-7131.


Avis aux amateurs de lecture!

La Vente de bons livres sera de retour le 12 novembre prochain à la vente d’artisanat “One and Only” au Centre communautaire de la Côte-de-Sable.  On acceptera avec plaisir vos dons de beaux livres en bonne condition quelques semaines avant la vente. Plus de renseignements seront disponibles dans le numéro d’automne d’IMAGE. Pour toute question ou si vous voulez faire du bénévolat, contactez Charlotte : deneeveweber@gmail.com ou 613-290-7131.