Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Harper Government and Peterborough Green-Up Grow Together

Peterborough, Ontario, September 6, 2011 – On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today celebrated the first harvest of the community garden on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.

“I am pleased that community gardening is bringing us together and showcases the national treasures found across Canada,” said Minister Kent.

Our Government is working with Peterborough Green-Up, a community-based, non-profit environmental organization that provides tools with which local citizens can engage in, and maintain environmentally sustainable lifestyle activities.

Collaboration between Parks Canada, Peterborough Green-Up and many local volunteers made the Peterborough Lift Lock Community Gardens come to life in the spring of 2011. The community garden benefits the communities in Peterbourough and all the passers-by.

“The Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site is one of Canada’s special places and one of the jewels of Peterborough,” said Mr. Del Mastro. “Canadians now have another way to enjoy this community gathering space and develop a personal connection to our national heritage.”

Participating gardeners have been enthusiastic from day one and have produced a bountiful and diverse crop of healthy and ecologically grown local food – proving the power of collaboration.

“Peterborough Green-Up sees community gardens as a way to increase food security and build community, said Peterborough Green-Up’s Executive Director, Axel Tscherniak.” “The use of the land at the Peterborough Liftlock has provided a group of wonderfully skilled and dedicated gardeners the space for a flourishing and inspiring garden community. It is a wonderful demonstration of what can be done with our public spaces.”

A world leader in managing protected areas, Parks Canada is committed to ensuring the protection and preservation of Canada’s historic and natural heritage. Through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians and people from around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room. 

Media Relations
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Pat Newson
Communications Officer
Central Ontario Field Unit
Parks Canada
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Matt Higgs
Communications Coordinator
Peterborough Green-Up
(705) 745-3238