Richmond neighbours become planting pals

Some residents of Burton Avenue hadn't even met each other in five years, until the planting party

More than 14 families joined the Burton Avenue Planting Party recently to plant the Butterflyway Garden in their cul-de-sac.

Neighbours of all ages in the small street – close to No. 1 and Blundell roads - connected over food, crafts, prizes and, of course, planting the Butterflyway Garden in the middle of their cul-de-sac.

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The event, according to organizers, was “filled with joy and laughter as long time residences, families, visiting grandchildren and home bound individuals came out and befriended one another.”

One neighbour said it was the first time in over 30 years he had lived on Burton Avenue that the neighbourhood got together.

Another family commented on how it was their first time meeting their neighbours since moving in five years ago.

During the party, native pollinator-attracting plants were planted in the garden, which is a David Suzuki Foundation initiative, and stepping stones were created by the children to be placed in the garden.

The organizing committee of the planting party thanked the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, Richmond Cares Richmond Gives and David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project for making the party possible.

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