Spring Buzzscaping update

Lots of activity happening in the last month at Trillium. Getting our shipping containers kitted up for storage and work…

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And activating the space building the pollinator house!

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And time spent so far making our outdoor work space feel less institutional- one 9 year old girl who was helping weave the fence said we would look less like chickens in a cage when the weaving was done…

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And signage is now on the fence- letting folks now what we are all about…17-IMG_3705More outdoor work sessions ahead!

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Trillium Spring 2015 projects!

Buzzscaping Trillium North

This first year of programming will launch the space beyond the hard edged constructed/ concrete/gravel site into a softer-edged, welcoming place that people feel worth crossing Prior to pop by and check out what is happening while on evening strolls. Park Board planning dept. has created the base for us to build on for this success, now with assistance from Vancouver Park Board Matching Funds and an Artstarts grant we can dedicate the time for artist/community engagement that builds on what currently exists.

Each part of this project is designed to enhance the site and is coordinated around a specific cross-section of the community. There remains space for individuals to join in, and events and celebrations are planned that bring our different working groups together. We have a residency with  Strathcona Elementary school grade 6/7 class for working both in the classroom and in the park. And with children taking ownership and pride in the place with what they create, we predict parents will be walked over to the park to observe, celebrate and collaborate on various project steps.

4 Components:

Pollinator House: The large grassy meadow areas planted at Trillium consist of Perennial Ryegrass, Quatro Sheeps fescue, strawberry clover, English daisy, white yarrow, baby blue eyes and carpet of snow plantings. It has been identified that without a strong pollinator presence on site, these meadows with time will be taken over by common grasses and we will lose the rich plant diversity we currently have. Food security and sovereignty are both big concerns in the Strathcona community and building the local native pollinator house becomes a way to both educate community in how to support the pollination of their own gardens and acts as a catalyst to bring together the school students and food security-aware parents on a common goal. The location of the pollinator hut is a secured 4 x 4ft area with a 6 ft high fence.  It is perfect as protection for a woven structure housing pollinators that will assist in keeping our grassy meadows a species-diverse area. Strathcona Food Security Committee,   grade 6/7 students will join Erin Udal of Environmental Youth Alliance and our local  artists  to build the house this March- April.frame project pollinator house

ShadeWeave: This is the first time shipping containers have been modified and designed for a site with fenced outside work bays. The area alas has no shade and becomes terribly hot to work in by early summer. Weaving a shade canopy will extend our comfortable work times into the heat of the day without creating a rain shelter that gets used as a sleeping location such as what happens under the main covered work area.   We look forward to working with Raycam Youth on this part of the project in May and June!EGS 003

FenceWeave: will be a gentle intervention that softens the look of the chainlink work bays by weaving natural materials such as split bamboo, willow or bark into the fence while not obliterating the view into the work area. Afterschool Adventures kids andMarch Break camps from the Strathcona will help  IMG_7208

EarthLoom: Serves as a community marker of the seasons, with new weaving materials being available throughout each season. Long term, the EarthLoom will be warped up periodically for ongoing participation, this first warp and weave takes place as a part of the Terroir:Urban Cloth Project and uses fibre plants harvested along Malkin street throughout 2013. The EarthLoom becomes a park feature and conversation point- a spot to showcase how the plants in the park can been processed and woven in a variety of ways.

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Eco Art Events at Trillium North

Opened in Summer 2014, Trillium North Park is on the south edge of Strathcona neighbourhood; for millennia three Coast Salish First Nations: the XwMuthkwium (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-waututh exercised overlapping traditional rights to the land on which the new Trillium North Park is situated. This new park’s perennial plantings were chosen for significance in traditional hand technology by First Nations People from across the province of British Columbia. Purpose-designed areas assist in processing plant materials including:  covered harvest table and work area, shipping containers for indoor work, fenced outdoor storage and an open-air performance space. The park is approximately  1 hectare in size.

Certain areas of the park are managed by  the non-profit organization, eartHand Gleaners Society  with the intention of teaching skills in sustainable harvesting, crop management and hand skills in using the plants harvested from the park. We want to make Trillium North what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg calls a ‘Third Place’- a great, good place that acts as a sphere for community happenings. We are thrilled to have Environmental Youth Alliance join us as partners for pollinator related programming, and to continue working with the Vancouver Park Board: Arts Culture and Environment team.

 Where is Trillium North?

Find us at the corner of Malkin and Thornton Street- just south of Prior street.

map  available here

by bike – turn south at Jackson from the Union Bike route- cross Prior Street and coast up to the shipping containers.

by skytrain and foot–  900 meter walk from Main street skytrain, head north east, take the back road along National and turn left just past the soccer fields.

by bus- the # 51364 stop on Prior is very close- serviced by the #22 downtown or MacDonald.  Less then 5 minute walk south along Malkin and into the park.

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