Saturday, April 25, 2015

Arbutus Park Provides Fruit Bounty

Fruit trees planted in Arbutus Park last fall are in bloom this spring. Last October, the City carried out a succession planting of new heritage fruit trees at the request of the neighbourhood who wished to see a portion of the park remain with the original intention of being an orchard.

Each fall neighbours harvest the fruit from the trees. For many years the neighbourhood has shared the bounty from the trees in the park each season and, with the new trees planted, can count on many more years of harvesting from their local park.

The City planted seven heritage fruit trees last year which the Neighbours of Arbutus Park maintain including pruning and watering. There had been an orchard on this site long before it became a park.

"Working with the community for the betterment of our parks is not only a priority for the City, it is also an enriching experience. Arbutus Park is a perfect example of the wonderful community spirit in Nanaimo." - Councillor Ian Thorpe Parks and Recreation Commission City of Nanaimo


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