Volunteers start assembling the plants that will be used on the green roof of the gazebo as part of the Garden Project at Abbotsford Community Services.

Volunteers start assembling the plants that will be used on the green roof of the gazebo as part of the Garden Project at Abbotsford Community Services.

ACS holds planting parties for Garden Project

Abbotsford Community Services to complete ‘green’ roof on gazebo

Abbotsford Community Services’ (ACS) Garden Project is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by inviting residents to help plant their new gazebo featuring a soon-to-be “green” roof.

The Garden Project is Abbotsford’s first urban farm situated on what was, until recently, an unused gravel lot in the Historic Downtown core.

The green-roofed gazebo was made possible by a grant from the federal government’s Canada 150 Fund.

A green roof, or living roof, is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation, planted over a waterproofing membrane.

The roof on the gazebo will provide shade, keep pollinators in the city, and bring a beautiful green space to the urban area.

Free planting parties take place on July 20 and 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 2408 Montvue Ave.

No experience is necessary and all supplies are provided. The only thing needed are closed-toed shoes to wear at this working farm site.

The Garden Project is a partnership between ACS, which owns the land, and Day 1 Urban Farm.

Urban agriculture is a growing global trend which not only provides fresh, locally grown produce, but a place for people to learn more about the source of their food.

The gazebo will give visitors a sheltered place to enjoy the site.