In association with Earth Day, a local environmental organization is once again hosting a community cleanup.
BurlingtonGreen, with support from the City of Burlington, is holding its annual Community Clean Up Green Up Event on Saturday, April 21.
The 42nd annual Earth Day will be celebrated internationally on April 22.
The BurlingtonGreen event provides an opportunity for residents, schools, groups and businesses to team up to clean up the city.
It will take place along Sheldon Creek in Sherwood Forest Park. Participants are asked to meet at the new bridge, behind the soccer fields, at 11 a.m. Bring gloves, garbage bags and appropriate footwear.
The BurlingtonGreen community cleanup attracted about 30 people in 2011 collecting 50 bags of garbage, a couch, a picnic table, tires, and car and bicycle parts.
Last year, more than 5,000 people affiliated with multiple groups and businesses cleaned up parts of Burlington during Earth Day-related activities. They collected 2,800 kilograms of garbage, 200 kg of recyclables, 25 tires, 85 kg of metal that was recycled and two Green totes full of compostable paper coffee cups and dirty newspapers. Twelve bags of yard waste and lots more litter was collected by schools and businesses.
However, before well-intentioned people go trampling in the woods and ravines to clean up garbage, a local resident says he wants to help them identify delicate forest plants, so they reduce their impact while cleaning old-growth forests.
Vince Fiorito says a pre-cleanup public tour he is staging will help residents identify invasive species and other problems, which contribute to the decline of some common plants.
On Saturday (April 14) Fiorito, a volunteer with BurlingtonGreen, will conduct a free 15-minute wildflower identification tour in an old-growth forest remnant located near Sherwood Forest Park.
Featured plants during the mini-tour include white and the rarer red Trillium, Ontario’s provincial flower, Bloodroot, Blue Cohosh, Wild Geranium, Violets (yellow and blue), Spring Beauties (multiple colour variations), Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wood Anemone, False Solomon Seal, Bellwort and Mayapple.
He is asking those interested to meet him at the corner of Fothergill Boulevard and Prince William Drive at 11 a.m.