We’re happy with the evaluation that Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has just made of our 14-acre property close to the Niagara Escarpment. Here are parts of their assessment: the property contains significant woodlands and may contain or provide habitat for a known Species-at-Risk. It is traversed by a tributary of Snow Creek and contains a floodplain, valley slope, wetland and watercourse.
When Charles and Ursula Hildebrandt bought the property in 1964, it was a rocky grazed-over cattle pasture. Charles worked hard to let it regenerate and planted rare and native plant species. He made a few mistakes, of course, but he combined the wild natural and the tended parts so seamlessly that an insurance adjuster once declared it a park. This was after a neighbour’s fire ran out of control years ago and spread widely, damaging some of Charles’ property. So he would be pleased that CVC has given a nod to his work. Now it’s up to those who come after, to honour his legacy and protect and nurture this natural space for the present and future.
Do you have a piece of property you love?