This spring, we received a grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to improve the trail system and the therapeutic garden area for easier and safer access by our horses, volunteers and horse cart. This involved widening some areas, laying gravel through the wet spots and even reclaiming a marshy area for a new path using recycled bricks, cement slabs and new gravel. This new path was structured so that the water can still percolate through from one of the wetland spots to the other side.
Pathways Before Project
Pathways After the Project
We also added raised beds to the therapeutic garden — We Dig Food project — and reclaimed an old sandbox area as a very large garden with a good layer of topsoil over detritus recycled from the area in the form of leaves and rotting wood. In addition, we had a huge arbour built that can accommodate riders on horseback who need to get into the shade and a much-enlarged teepee that can accommodate a sitting or play area. Vines are being planted around the arbour and teepee to increase the amount of shade.