Trees for the Maitland

Event Details

May 4th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ashton Potter Property (Holmesville), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Take part in a day of tree planting in a retired agricultural field on NCC’s Ashton-Potter property! Once grown, these trees will add to the natural buffer along Hopkins Creek, providing habitat to birds and other wildlife.

If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Ashton Potter Property (Holmesville)

This 60 hectare (147 ac.) property lies on the outskirts of Holmesville, halfway between Goderich and Clinton. The area is characterized by upland deciduous forests, wetlands, the meandering Hopkins Creek and active, as well as restored, agricultural fields.

Forests, grassland habitats and wetlands help with climate change adaptation by providing a refuge for migrating animals and plants as temperatures fluctuate. As well, these habitats are able to store carbon, help act as buffers against floods from changing precipitation patterns and reduce erosion caused by increased storm events

A diverse range of wildlife take advantage of these riparian habitats, including the snapping turtle, eastern wood pewee, white-tailed deer, grasshopper sparrow, and midland painted turtle.



What you will be doing

You will plant trees to restore former agricultural land to a more natural state. Physical activity will involve walking (<1 km) over hilly terrain, carrying potted trees around the site and planting and digging using shovels.

Why you will love it

By planting trees you will help create habitat for birds, reptiles and other wildlife living in the Lower Maitland River Valley. You will also enjoy a day outdoors with other nature enthusiasts, learning from experts about restoration techniques and some of the special ecological features of this property and the valley.


Contact Kaitlin Richardson, Coordinator, Conservation Biology (Acting):

Please Note

The event will proceed rain or shine, please dress for the weather.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of weather-appropriate clothing (e.g. sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication