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Kimbourne community raising funds for greening project

Garden at Kimbourne project illustration

Garden at Kimbourne project illustration

A group of volunteers in the neighbourhood around Kimbourne United Church at 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. in East York is working to transform a formerly underused green space next to the building into an innovative permaculture “mini food forest.”

The group, according to project leader Erin Alladin, has been gradually making over the lot since 2014 and already grows food to share with volunteers and local food banks as well as hosts workshops about food education.

Urban Nature 033To further improve the garden, the group now wants to remove invasive species trees and replace them with native trees, shrubs and plants, Ms. Alladin says in a video on YouTube and on a fundraising page on the chuffed.org. crowdfunding website.

Because parts of the lot are also used by local neighbours as a recreational space, the group is also planning to install seating, a “Little Library” box and a community bulletin board as well as building a permanent tetherball unit for kids to play with.

At press time the fundraising campaign had raised almost $1,000 of its $4,500 goal. For more info visit http://chuffed.org/project/garden-at-kimbourne.

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