Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
With the help of the PCSGD, Notre-Dame school is undertaking the ecological landscaping of their schoolyard. Plans and specific approaches are based on the tools elaborated by the PCSDG ecological landscaping program.

Ecological gardening
Since 2011, students and staff at the school are committed to maintaining the ecological flowerbed in front of the school. Several students and staff members have taken on the task of weeding and planting the flowerbed. In 2018, grade 7 and 8 students planted 15 shrubs in the flower bed, added mulch, and added a trail made of wood chips.
An incredible mural adorns the entrance, created by students under the direction of Monette Léger. Two plant boxes were added by students from the environment workshop.
 In 2017, students added tulip bulbs to the boxes.

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Tree Planting
Gary Schneider, director of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project visited the school in 2011 and kick-started the process of adding native trees and shrubs to various areas of the schoolyard. An islet of trees was added in 2017, through a partnership with Tree Canada and the New Brunswick Environmental Network to commemorate Canada 150 celebrations.

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School Tree Nursery

In October 2017, the PCSDG worked with 4th-grade students and their teacher, Sylvie Donelle, as well as 7th and 8th-grade students and their teacher, Carole Bourgeois, as part of its School Tree Nursery project. Firstly, students installed and filled two gardening bins with soil in the school yard, mixed with compost from Cocagne Landscaping. Around fifteen 4th-grade students, and twenty 7th and 8th-grade students, planted 90 trees : 20 balsam firs, 10 white pines, 20 black spruces, 25 red oaks and 15 yellow birches. Finally, the students spread two rye straw bales, from Fleur du pommier of Cocagne, to protect the trees. In the fall of 2019, the PCSDG worked with approximately 45 students and three teachers in grades 6, 7 and 8. The students planted 70 trees: 11 balsam fir, 10 white pine, 25 spruce, 5 hemlock, 1 red oak, 2 red maple and 16 yellow birch. The 70 trees will absorb around 700 kg of CO2 per year. Planting activities are part of the Young Stewards for Sustainability project.

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Vegetable Garden
In 2019, students from grades 6, 7 and 8 planted a vegetable garden. Several families helped to maintaing the garden during the summer. Students harvested beans, potatoes and carrots.

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Acknowledgements
 
The project is made possible thanks to funding from Environment Canada’s Eco-Action Community Fund, the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund and Evergreen Canada. The PCSDG would like to thank the District scolaire francophone Sud for supporting the project.
 

Upcoming activities

Jan 27th, 2022 - FREE! Webinar on groundwater protection

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Co-hosted by NBEN, Shediac Bay Watershed Association, Vision H2O, Peticodiac watershed Alliance
Join this interactive workshop on January 27, 2022, on groundwater and the importance of protecting your local water sources.
Featuring presentations on:
- Groundwater in southeastern New Brunswick from John Sims (EXP Environmental Engineering)
- Using soil and plants for water conservation from Rosmarie Lohnes (Helping Nature Heal)
- The benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels from Brittany Cormier (Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance), and Jolyne Hébert (Shediac Bay Watershed Association).
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