By Dimitris Ilias
The city of Blainville is having its green wave at the beginning of the Summer with a community garden and a green patrol helping the citizens become gardeners while respecting city regulations.
Last Monday, Blainville inaugurated its very first community garden. Located in the Equestrian Park, the community garden is accessible every day, from 8 a.m. until dark, from June 1 to November 1. For the 2020 season, 50 small gardens are made available to citizens free of charge. Access is restricted to selected gardeners only.
The goal of this project is not only to provide citizens with the opportunity to grow fresh, quality food, but also to create a space that promotes solidarity, education in ecological principles and healthy habits. of life.
“In Blainville, demand has been strong for a few years for the creation of a community garden. Let us remember that a petition of approximately 150 signatures was submitted. Our administration has always had the habit of taking into consideration the requests of citizens and that is why our services have worked very hard on this project. The garden will be all the more appreciated in the current situation,” said Mayor Richard Perreault.
“Thanks to this initiative, which is gaining popularity in other cities, Blainville is part of a trend that is both ecological and community oriented. I remain convinced that Blainvilloises and Blainvillois will appreciate growing their garden and thus varying their plate,” concluded Jean-François Pinard, chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Environments and Mobility.
The Green Brigade
The Green Brigade team began its activities on June 2 and will patrol the entire territory by bicycle until the end of August. The interventions of the Green Brigade aim to inform and raise awareness of good environmental practices: regulations on watering and pesticides, schedules for the collection of recyclable, organic materials and household waste, branches and bulky items, removal of pool drains in natural environments, etc. It should be noted that deviations from the regulations may result in the issuance of notices of non-compliance or even of a violation.
In order to comply with Public Health recommendations, patrollers will respect the rules of social distancing, as well as those of the respiratory etiquette.