Guide groups spruce up their community
Local community groups plant trees, clean up part of Shearstown
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.
Community groups and volunteers from around Bay Roberts and the region planted 32 trees and picked up 76 pounds of garbage on June 12.
Brownie Madeline Carter removes garbage along the Shearstown Estuary as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on June 12.