January 4th, 2018
The gatekeepers of vital Hamilton waterways are coming from living rooms across the city, where they were once covered in ornaments and tinsel.
For almost 20 years, the Royal Botanical Gardens has been using donated Christmas trees to form natural barriers at the mouth of Grindstone Creek and Cootes Paradise.
It’s all to keep out the non-native common carp, an invasive species that destroys natural habitats and creek beds in the area. The barriers also prevent sewage and sediment from seeping into Cootes.
This year — largely thanks to high water levels that plagued the city through most of 2017 — the RBG is searching for 3,200 donated trees to help rebuild its cache and keep creek beds safe.
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