By Bill Warnick President of Port Maitland, “On the Grand” Historical Association
At the mouth of the Welland Feeder Canal at Port Maitland is a little park known as Port Maitland East Park where a cairn commemorating four local events is located. It is a great place to sit and look at the most beautiful view of the Grand River anywhere along its southern banks.
The official part of the park is owned by the County of Haldimand while Innophos Canada permits the Port Maitland, “On the Grand” Historical Association to maintain another attached area. Over the past three summers volunteers have cleaned out a ton of garbage and overgrown weeds and dead ash trees.
A Butterfly Garden!
While killing weeds this summer in an area where there is only rocks and it is impossible to cut with a lawn mower, a gentleman who is a descendent of Six Nations ancestry questioned me, asking what I was doing and what I intended to do with this spot. He suggested I plant clover as it would not require cutting and would help to hold the shoreline.
That led to more consideration about the area and it was decided to not only plant clover but to also plant milkweed to encourage Monarch Butterflies to the area. Sometimes I actually do listen to others!
The Cairn Park does not just get beautiful, it takes volunteers like my granddaughter Cierrah and her two friends Vinnie Oliveira and Niles Lederman shown above on Saturday Sept 22nd (not to mention others) planting red clover and milkweed for our new butterfly garden.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact me.
While you are at it, take a look at our webpage www.port-maitland.ca