NIAGARA – If orchards and walking are two of your interests, you will likely be interested in a unique trail system planned for the region.
The Fruit Tree Trail is an innovative, Niagara-specific trail that will show off the region’s beauty and history. Remnants of heritage fruit orchards are being revitalized across the region, and connected to create a unique trail system rich with opportunities for active living and local eating.
The first phase of the trail revitalization will take place over part of the Merritt Trail in St. Catharines, moving on to Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and other Niagara communities.
On Friday, Aug. 23, Climate Action Niagara is hosting an event for Niagara’s Fruit Tree Trail. Reception begins at 1 p.m. with the meeting running from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Stokes Building at 36 Page St., St. Catharines.
“What began as a community harvesting project is becoming a regional tourism opportunity, as well as an opportunity to restore orchard remnants and provide increased biodiversity in our perennial food stock,” said Jane Hanlon, Climate Action Niagara’s executive director.
Some of the Fruit Tree Trails’ partners include The City of St. Catharines, Garden of Eating Niagara, St. Catharines Green Committee, Niagara Region, Niagaragreenbelt.ca, Brock University, Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization and Goodwill Niagara.
The project relates and is of interest to active transportation, healthy eating, local food security, tree planting initiatives, poverty relief initiatives, tourism – tours, bed and breakfasts, trail systems, community gardens, heritage groups, horticultural and gardening groups, municipalities, educational and youth groups.
The stakeholders’ meeting is to bring together the different factions, trails, cyclists, ecologists, natural heritage experts, conservationists, the food banks and the harvesters to determine what increments to develop and how to move forward with the regional project most inclusively.
“We hope to contribute to a sustainable and memorable Niagara Region through education and the enhancement of these beautiful fruit trees,” said Laura Collings, project co-ordinator.
For more information, visit the Climate Action Niagara website HERE.
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