Published on April 21, 2014
Donnie Brittain and Shane Thibeault of the Town of Yarmouth parks department plant an American ash tree on the Hardscratch Road site where the town has been developing a tree nursery.ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
Published on April 21, 2014
Ken Langille, town councillor and chair of the Town of Yarmouth’s Communities in Bloom committee, and Rodney Doucette, supervisor of operational services with the town (and also Communities in Bloom committee member) visiting the town’s tree nursery.
ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
By Eric Bourque
On a Hardscratch Road site next to the county’s solid waste park, the future of the Town of Yarmouth – or part of its future at least – is growing.
It is taking shape in the form of trees being grown on a nursery the town has been developing.
The project covers about four acres “and we’re in the infant stages of it,” said town councillor Ken Langille, chair of the town’s Communities in Bloom committee, where the idea for the nursery was brought up.
The site is part of a larger property the town acquired about six years ago, he said, land that was once a Christmas tree operation.
“It was privately owned and it came up for sale and the family approached the town if we’d want to buy it, where it was close to the (solid waste) park and we grabbed it,” Langille said during an April 10 interview at the nursery site.
He was there with Rodney Doucette, supervisor of operational services with the Town of Yarmouth and another member of the town’s Communities in Bloom committee.
The town has been spending money to replace its trees, Langille said, “But the problem is – as Rodney will tell you – sometimes trees you buy, for example in the valley, don’t grow well here because of the salt and the wind and that sort of thing, so it’s been a dice roll when you buy a tree, whether it’s going to work or not, so the plan (with the nursery project) was to take seedlings from existing trees that we have in Yarmouth, nurture them here to the point of growth.”
The idea is to take these new trees, once they’re ready, back to town.
The town did an inventory of its public trees a couple of years ago.
“They’re aging, there’s no question,” Langille said, citing the heritage district as an example. “Those trees are a hundred years old, so we’ve got to put in place a comprehensive plan now to start replacing those trees, and we have been. We’ve been actually putting trees in there in separate spots to build it up. That’s what Rodney’s crew’s been doing.”
About 70 trees of various types have been planted on the nursery site so far, said Doucette.
“We have Norwegian pine, sugar maples, elm, that sort of thing,” he said.
Like Langille, he says the project is about preparing for the years to come, helping the town stay green over the long haul.
“Over a period of time, you’re investing in the future,” he said.
Langille describes the initiative as a work in progress.
“It’s new to us,” he said. “We (acquired) this piece of land and we said, ‘hey, let’s do something with it’ so that’s what we’re doing.”