We were very happy to have the Rev. Laurel Dykstra with us on Sunday, May 26, to tell us more about the project undertaken by the Salal + Cedar watershed ministry behind the church on Coleman Creek.
Laurel, priest in charge of Salal + Cedar, first referenced an article she had read regarding the growing prevalance of "plant blindness" - the inability of people to see and name individual plant species, instead mentally lumping them all into a vague green mass beside our roads and buildings.
S+C has worked with volunteers and Girl Guides to bring new life to the ground between St. Clement's and Coleman Creek. Invasive species have been removed and approximately 30 native species have been planted, which increases the potential for new, complex webs of life. On Sunday morning, bird and bug houses were blessed and installed amongst the trees, and a bat house is on its way. While people are asked to keep out of the recently planted area, they are encouraged to rest awhile in the adjacent sitting area under the trees, to relax and to counter the forces of "plant blindness."
Laurel left project posters and brochures for distribution to the neighbours, parishioners and to nearby Lynn Valley Elementary.
Anyone inspired to offer some help keeping the area watered is very much encouraged to speak with Elizabeth or email her by clicking here.