January 19, 2022

Cocagne – The Cocagne Community Park has won a Greener Greenspaces recognition award from The Society for Organic Urban Land Care.

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Ecological restoration of a community parc

Inspired by the landscape and ecological restoration company, Helping Nature Heal Inc.Cocagne Community Park in Cocagne, NB, now features a variety of native and heritage species.

Funded mostly by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, and the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund the project was a collaboration between environmental and nature groups including Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC), Shediac Bay Watershed Association, CSR Peninsule acadienne, Vision H20 and Nature NB.

The public was invited to participate in the construction and to learn methods of nature-based shoreline erosion mitigation as well as principles of ecological restoration such as soil-building and habitat creation. The park was designed to absorb water and provide habitat and includes features such as berms and a rain garden to reduce overland flow. Native trees were included to improve air quality and provide shade. The project has been designed to be self-sustainable by providing plenty of material to break down and provide nutrients to the system.

In its letter to the applicant, the Greener Greenspace evaluation committee particularly appreciated the design of the park to support climate change adaptation. As well, the committee was impressed with the invitation to the community to learn about nature-based solutions to shoreline erosion and the principles of ecological restoration.

Greener Greenspaces provides examples of regenerative and ecological land care approaches to inspire and empower people to embrace sustainable land care practices.

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