Ste.-anne continues ‘gourmand’ bike path project
Second phase of fruit tree plantings underway
TIle Perrot nursery
Volunteers and town officials got their hands dirty last week planting a second phase of fruit trees along a section of bicycle paths in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
he April 25 event that took place in the North sector, along ch. Ste.Marie and Meloche St., also included the installation of a new crop of Eastern Bluebird nesting boxes.
The so-called “Gourmand” Bike Path, which is currently nominated for a prize at the 7th annual Gala de Reconnaissance en Environnement et développement durable de Montréal in the public entity category, and the nesting boxes for different species of birds, are projects made possible through grants from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
A total of $10,000 has been channeled into planting more than 200 fruiting trees - including the newest saplings - over the past two years. Ryan Young, President of the Environment Committee, says cyclists traveling along the trail will literally be able to enjoy the fruits of the town’s efforts in years to come.
“It will take a few years before (the new trees) bear fruit, but some of the trees we’ve already planted, like Asian pear trees, have produced fruit in the past few years,” he noted.
All trees will be cared for without the use of pesticides.
Young said the project is more about promoting biodiversity and responsible economic practices then in trying to provide a constant food source for cyclists.
“The lucky cyclist who happens to ride by when a fruit is ready and ripe will be free to pick it and enjoy it,” he explained.
The newest 80 to 120 trees being planted now will include species that are adapted to Quebec’s colder climate. All will come from the Green Barn Nursery in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, which specializes in organic and cold weather farming. The nursery is a noted authority on fruit trees and plants. The Bluebird nesting boxes were built by members of the 8th West Island Baden-Powell Adventurers scout troop. Other boxes were made by longtime Ste. Anne volunteers.
Tree Swallows use nesting boxes that have been installed in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.