Ste.-anne conti­nues ‘gour­mand’ bike path pro­ject

Se­cond phase of fruit tree plan­tings un­der­way

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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.

OF THE CI­TY OF SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEL­LE­VUE PHO­TO COURTESY

Tree Swal­lows use nes­ting boxes that have been ins­tal­led in Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue.

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