Restored Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area about to blossom

Bayside Secondary School students take a break from their planting efforts, which are part of the Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area restoration project. – Lower Trent Conservation photo

Lower Trent Conservation’s (LTC) restoration of the Trenton greenbelt is about to bloom. 

LTC is in the home stretch of completing a two-year project that has been referred to as “restoring the Trenton greenbelt.”

One of the final stages of this project is creating a trail through the small parcel of land that is being converted back to a natural meadow. 

Since late 2022, LTC has been working on the shoreline of the Trenton greenbelt, focusing on the ecological health of the area while incorporating elements to create an urban greenspace, making it attractive to both people and wildlife.   

Together with volunteers, community partners, and financial support from the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund (a Government of Canada’s department of environment and climate change program in partnership with Conservation Ontario) and the Great Lakes Local Action Fund, this area is being transformed into a native wildflower meadow with scattered shade trees, new seating areas, and an accessible walking trail.  

“By incorporating local grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs, we are not only creating habitat for pollinators, but also building spongey, healthy soils that will absorb rainwater and be resistant to climate change,” said Jason Jobin, LTC environmental stewardship technician.

“We hope everyone enjoys seeing the space evolve over the years.”

Prior to the project’s commencement, the Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area, located in the heart of Trenton, suffered from compacted soils, invasive species, and minimal biodiversity, which contribute to poor quality shoreline habitat, LTC noted. Ecologically, it was blank canvas for site rehabilitation. 

“This has involved extensive collaboration between (LTC) and the City of Quinte West,” said Rhonda Bateman, CAO of LTC. 

“We could not have done this without the support and partnership of Quinte West.  They have been critical in many aspects of this project, and we are very grateful for their contributions.”  

To find out more about the project, visit the website at www.ltc.on.ca.

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