Archive for the ‘Greening’ Category

Major Planting Event at W.E. Gowling School

June 6th, 2017 Comments off

The Greening Committee (of the W.E. Gowling Parent Council) would like to extend you all an invitation to help in a monumental transformation of our school grounds by participating our Planting Event! 

June 10th from 9:30am-1:30pm we will be rallying volunteers from the community (including a number from our sponsor Telus) to help with this exciting undertaking. The day will consist of planting the raspberry, blueberry, haskap and service berry bushes as well as creating a mulch path through the Nature Study Area. We will also give some love to the trees that were planted last year by mulching around the bottom and installing watering bags. There will be a thank you BBQ and refreshments for all the volunteers!

The School Council and specifically the Greening Committee have been working hard for the past year and a half on bringing our vision for the transformation of the W.E. Gowling school grounds to light. The Committee has recently had exciting news... we have been awarded a grant through Tree Canada with partnership from Telus to plant edible tress on the school grounds. These edible trees will be planted in the Nature Study Area (which you may have noticed has already been marked off as a "NO MOW" area).

Our goal for the Nature Study area (and future Outdoor Classroom) is not only to beautify Gowling but to also provide your children with some wonderfully educational areas that can enrich their curriculum and help the students learn in as many different ways as possible. We will measure our success by how this space can/will be used. For this reason we are hoping you will engage with us to create a space you will be excited to have in your neighborhood to enhance the everyday experience of the school children and to benefit the community outside of regular school hours.

We sincerely hope that you will come out to support the school and the community in creating a more beautiful W.E. Gowling!

For more information and to RSVP (so we will plan enough food and refreshments), please email Chrissy and Jason


The Veterans Commemorative Bench Project for Canada’s 150 Birthday has been completed

November 27th, 2016 Comments off

bench1 bench2The Commemorative Bench has been installed in a fitting location, in Harrold Place Park, facing the splash pad. The location was chosen for three reasons. First, the bench has been placed in the heart of what has always been referred to as the Vets Housing in Carlington. This is believed to be some of the earliest if not the first housing constructed for returning Vets of WWII. Secondly, it is placed facing the young (the next generation) playing and having fun. Lastly, it was located there for those seeking peace and contemplation.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped complete the project. The funds were raised by "The Vets Kids" an organization representing the first generation of kids raised in the Vets Housing of Carlington. Members from across Canada and the USA raised the funds for the project. Also a thank-you must go to city staff for their guidance. Lastly, I would like to thank the Legion for granting permission to use the Poppy Symbol on the Plaque.

The Veterans Commemorative Bench is a way of remembering and saying thank you to all those who served.

submitted by Robert Crout


Carlington Yard & Plant Sale: Saturday June 4th!

May 15th, 2016 Comments off

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Carlington Yard Sale Locations 2016


At Harrold Place Park and throughout Carlington!

Running a sale? Click on the map above to add your location (login with your  G-mail account) or email us your address and we will do it for you !


Cleaning up Alexander Park

April 21st, 2016 Comments off

CgkwS7IWkAA5o2kJoin us to help clean up Alexander Park this weekend!

Saturday, 10am, 960 Silver St. Thanks Carlington volunteers!


How To Start a Community Garden Workshop

January 3rd, 2016 Comments off

HowtoStartaCGJanuary 7th 2016 5:30 - 8:30
Carlington Community Health Centre
900 Merivale Road
This a FREE Workshop
Registration is required
Contact Jordan at
or call (613) 699-6850 x12 to reserve your spot


Nature Canada celebrates Moth Week in the capital!

July 14th, 2015 Comments off

Nature CanadaJoin Nature Canada and local nature experts for a NatureBlitz on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th in Ottawa’s Carlington Woods area! The event will feature walks, talks and presentations over a 24-hour period from 12pm Saturday until 12pm Sunday.

For more details please visit


Fall Clean Up and Tulip Planting in Alexander Park

October 26th, 2013 Comments off

Mayor Jim Watson and CCA clean up volunteersRain and 4°C  weather did not deter a dozen hardy volunteers who came to Alexander Park this morning.  The fall clean up is an annual event organized by the CCA Greening Committee.   Regular fall and spring clean-ups  are part of the CCA's commitment to the City's Adopt-a-Park program.  Mayor Jim Watson was in the neighborhood and stopped by to offer his encouragement and thanks to volunteers.



Marshall Ave

Since being adopted last year the park has seen several improvements.  New flower beds, murals, signage and regular visits over the summer by greening committee volunteers helped keep the park looking better than ever.

Alexander Park


spring summer  winter fall



Today flower beds were cleaned for winter.  New tulip bulbs were planted in the Shillington Ave bed by volunteer David Darwin.  The bulbs donated by the National Capital Commission are planted in the park and other locations in the community as part of the Carlington Tulip Initiative.  Any Carlington businesses or organization who would like bulbs to plant this year can email .



Post clean up, volunteers  retreated to the Cake Café on Merivale  to warm up with coffee and cakes.