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The Prescott Journal - October 16, 2002

By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer

Since Prescott Blossoms began in late July, we have been clearing garbage and litter from our green spaces. It is astounding how much there has been, and it seems never ending. So long as we can, we will continue to do so.

I've never thought about it so much, but I've observed there is a reason why garbage receptacles are designed the way they are - limiting the size of deposit - simply because household garbage doesn't belong in our public receptacles. Yet this doesn't stop certain people from this practice. Fines for speeding work and so perhaps fines for littering can make this irresponsible practice of gross littering stop.

It was an exciting week seeing our first trees for the Heritage River Trail planted. The size of them can be a challenge to plant and we couldn't have pulled it off without the superlative effort and skill of Ed Yandeau, from Prescott's Public Works Department. We were brought compost made from town yard waste (lots of plastic garbage in the too). Ed will also be starting to excavate for the new trail in this coming week. We hope we can keep up with him.

Two bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) were planted, Canada's most common white oak.  It's an impressive shade tree that can grow to 100 feet over a few hundred years. It's lustrous, dark green leaves shaped like a base fiddle turn yellow in the fall and its acorns are unique, having a fringe and are highly prized by wildlife.
make a wonderful garden plant, bringing early spring colour with its white, star-like flowers and reddish-purple berries in the summer.

 

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