Visitors call it a lovely, natural oasis by the lake where they can relax in a natural setting, check out the garden beds to see what’s come up since their last stroll through, and gather with family and friends. It is a place where kids can play, explore, and participate in special events like the annual Scavenger Hunt.
The garden is also a haven for birds, bugs, and small critters thanks to berry-producing shrubs and insect-laden trees that are a food source and a nesting place for our feathered friends. The flower beds that change with the seasons provide food for insects and contain host plants for their larvae. And, if you keep an eye out, you may spot a mouse, rabbit, or chipmunk dashing by, a squirrel munching on a pinecone, or the occasional toad checking you out.
You might also bump into one of the core volunteers known as the Cobourg Ecology Gardeners who share a love of playing in the dirt, cultivating beauty, and educating the community about the importance of preserving urban green space for the benefit of both current and future generations.
This initiative is possible thanks to the Town of Cobourg via the Community Grant program, by fundraising, and by donations from visitors and residents of Cobourg. Our community partners also support us in a variety of ways. United Way provides know-how and people power for Day of Caring projects such as the rebuild of the mid-Garden arbor. Community Living and Respite Northumberland’s clients tend the accessible garden tables and their Friendship Garden. The Cobourg Public Library partners with us on events and presentations. And last, but far from least, grants provided by Community Power Northumberland have allowed us to redevelop our website and create a series of educational videos.
Cobourg Ecology Garden – A Work of Heart
To learn more and get involved, visit: cobourgecologygarden.ca