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Fall for Claireville Conservation Area with Two Community Events

Oct 06, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release

Fall for Claireville Conservation Area with Two Community Events

-The largest natural greenspace in Brampton gets a boost from local community tree plantingand heritage walk and talk-

(TORONTO, October 6) On Saturday, October 16th residents can take part in two great activities at the Claireville Conservation Area hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Claireville Conservation Area was officially re-opened to the public last spring to allow visitors to enjoy its significant natural and cultural heritage. The conservation Area is an 848-hectare property owned by TRCA, located in the boundaries of Brampton, Toronto, Vaughan and Mississauga and is the largest natural greenspace in Brampton.

Claireville Conservation Area boasts outstanding opportunities for bird watching, fishing, leashed dog walking and hiking where visitors will encounter dozens of plants and animals, including deer, ducks and song birds, while hiking through a variety of natural landscapes from meadows to forests. Visitors will also encounter the Wiley Concrete Bowstring Bridge (c. 1924) that is listed as a heritage structure under the Ontario Heritage Act. 

Recent accomplishments in the area include over 150 hectares of habitat restoration and enhancement, annual community plantings and clean-ups, improved signage and parking, the McVean New Farmers project and the designation of a rare double English Wheat Barn off McVean Drive as a heritage resource by the City of Brampton.   

The two community events below are geared to help local residents participate in the restoration and appreciation of this conservation area in the GTA.

Event 1: Claireville Conservation Area Community Tree Planting Event

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010, 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: 8180 Highway #50 (just south of the Gore Rd.).  Follow the signs to the planting site.

Come out, plant a tree and play a role in the restoration of the Claireville Forest. 

Event 2: Lawrence Family Homestead - Heritage Walk & Talk, Claireville Conservation Area

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: 8180 Highway #50 (just south of the Gore Rd.)

Now known as one of Brampton's most significant green spaces, 160 years ago Claireville Conservation Area was broken up into many different rural farming properties and communities.  The original settlement of Claireville was bustling with an inn, tailor, shoemaker, wagon maker, tannery, saddler's shop, Community Hall and family homes.  Join Cathy Crinnion, Senior Archaeologist with Toronto and Region Conservation, to explore the ruins of the Lawrence family homestead - one of the first European pioneering families in this area - and discover 'Claireville' as it was 160 years ago!

This talk requires a 0.25km walk along a small footpath into the homestead ruins and will be held outdoors, rain or shine.

Event Details:

Both events will be held rain or shine. Please wear closed-toe shoes, bring gloves for the planting, dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water.

Register for either or both of these events by calling Kasey Livingston, Coordinator, Humber River Stewardship at 416-661-6600 x 5639 or on-line at trcastewardshipevents.ca

With more than 50 years of experience, TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for The Living City - where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

 

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FOR MEDIA INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Toronto and Region Conservation
Rowena Calpito
(416) 661-6600 ext 5632
Email: rcalpito@trca.on.ca

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