Guide groups spruce up their com­mu­nity

Lo­cal com­mu­nity groups plant trees, clean up part of Shearstown

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

More than 50 mem­bers of the lo­cal chap­ters of the Girl Guides, Brown­ies, Rangers, Pathfind­ers and Sparks, along with lead­ers, par­ents and other com­mu­nity mem­bers, de­scended on the dog park on De­laney’s Av­enue in Shearstown for the Great Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup. They also picked up a lot of trash along the Shearstown Es­tu­ary in an ef­fort to make their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place for ev­ery­one.

Peo­ple us­ing the dog park on De­laney’s Av­enue in Shearstown are bound to no­tice things are a lit­tle greener.

Same goes for the shore­line of the Shearstown Es­tu­ary.

That’s be­cause a group of young girls from the Bay Roberts area took the op­por­tu­nity plant a cou­ple dozen new trees at the park and haul pounds of garbage away from the es­tu­ary on June 12.

More than 50 mem­bers of the lo­cal chap­ters of the Girl Guides, Brown­ies, Rangers, Pathfind­ers and Sparks, along with lead­ers, par­ents and other com­mu­nity mem­bers de­scended on the park for the Great Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup.

“We thought the dog park would have the most en­vi­ron­men­tally sig­nif­i­cant im­pact for the girls,” said Stacey Rus­sell, a unit guider with the 1st Bay Roberts Girl Guides. “We could beau­tify the area, plus them learn­ing about the es­tu­ary and its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact would be a very pos­i­tive thing.

“The guid­ing pro­gram is about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, do­ing good and be­ing ac­tive in your com­mu­nity. We had a great turnout.”

Made avail­able through a grant from TD Bank, the groups got $500 each af­ter go­ing through the ap­pli­ca­tion process. With a to­tal of $2,500 in hand, the groups set about de­cid­ing what trees they wanted and go­ing over site selection.

Work­ing with Agnes But­ler of the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom com­mit­tee and O’Neil’s Gar­den­land in Spa­niard’s Bay, the group de­cided where they were go­ing to plant and what they were putting in the ground.

The re­sult was the plant­ing of 32 trees and shrubs of 16 va­ri­eties. With some help from vol­un­teers with the dig­ging and some of the plant­ing, there’s plenty of new green life at the park. Randy Vokey did some pre-work with an ex­ca­va­tor, while other vol­un­teers helped the girls lift the trees.

To go along with the trees, the girls hauled 76 pounds of garbage from a three-kilo­me­tre stretch of the es­tu­ary.

“We had dou­ble the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact that day,” said Rus­sell.

Bay Roberts re­cre­ation direc­tor Ian Flynn brought thanks for the work to the town’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing on June 14. He said it’s great to see dif­fer­ent groups in the com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether.

“It’s th­ese great part­ner­ships and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment that will be great for the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom com­mit­tee to show to the judges when they ar­rive from town,” he said

Coun. Char­lene Dawe-Roach was at the event. She called it a “phe­nom­e­nal week­end.”

“It’s re­ally nice all of the way around,” she said.

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Com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers from around Bay Roberts and the re­gion planted 32 trees and picked up 76 pounds of garbage on June 12.

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Brownie Made­line Carter re­moves garbage along the Shearstown Es­tu­ary as part of the Great Cana­dian Shore­line Cleanup on June 12.

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