Under Spring sunshine, a ceremony at the Ecology Garden on May 24 thanked several donors of trees. Deputy Mayor John Henderson with Councillors Debra McCarthy, Brian Darling, Suzanne Seguin and Aaron Burchat were there to see Ecology Garden Chair Dora Body and Roma Colbert accept the trees. In some remarks to the crowd of about 40, John Henderson talked about how 6 years ago, his son got a job with the garden and with John helped create some of the paths now used. John confirmed that the garden is now “part of our culture” so is assured of ongoing support from the Town. Roma thanked Town Parks staff Rory Quigley and Jason Johns for their help and she thanked current and former Cobourg residents Joan McGill, the Peters family, Lois Skyvington and Janet Dansie who sponsored the purchase and planting of the five new trees.
Roma said that the trees donated were three Jacquimonti Birch, one American Beech, one Shag Bark, and a number of Chokecherry trees. In addition, the Rose garden was enhanced with Canadian Rose bushes donated by Foodland Manager John Foley.
The Ecology garden has now been operating for 22 years and, as John Henderson said, has gradually become part of who we are. In the recent Communities in Bloom contest (Cobourg Wins National Communities in Bloom), a major positive factor was the presence of the Ecology Garden and its active workers.