Volunteers from the TD Bank dug up an aggressively spreading patch of Comfrey near Prince of Wales Drive.

by Ted Farnworth

Mountain of Dog-strangling Vine removed by Royal Ottawa volunteers.

Price Waterhouse Coopers, the Royal Ottawa, TD Bank, Ernst & Young, and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. What do they have in common?

Well, each of these organizations has volunteer groups that have recently come to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden to help us. Our regular volunteers do a great job, but we are always happy to have groups come out to lend a hand. Using enthusiasm, strength, and speed these volunteer groups were able to get many items off of our “to do” list, including putting up new story boards, working on the eavestrough/downspout, moving large logs to the pond, placing flagstones around benches to help with water drainage, resurfacing paths with wood chips, and creating a brick pathway to the Backyard Garden. And, of course, there was plenty of work on invasives – Dog-strangling Vine and Comfrey. We even got rid of some unwanted honeysuckle.

We welcome such groups to help us to maintain the garden, and know that this first experience with the FWG is a great way for us to get better known in the community.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton volunteers added new wood chips to the Bill Holland Trail.


Ernst & Young volunteers created a brick pathway to our Backyard Garden – replacing the muddy entrance that greeted visitors this spring.