In 1972 three organizations came together to create green spaces in Saskatoon’s urban landscapes: the Saskatoon Horticultural Society, the Saskatoon Parks and Recreation Department and the Canadian Nursery Trades Association. A forest planted south of the Chappell Yards in 1972 was later named the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area by the Meewasin Valley Authority in honour of one of Saskatoon’s early environmentalists and pioneers in social forestry – Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker.

Thank you to the volunteers from Montgomery Place and Cedar Villa who honoured this bold and visionary planting with a clean-up effort on June 6, 2015. One woman and a baby along with four men cleaned out hundreds of old shingles, chunks of concrete, barrels of oil, old lumber and more. They toiled in the heat, joined by an army of ticks, a City worker and a Loraas bin. Workers from the adjoining COC construction site offered to create earth berms to forestall dumping of garbage in the future. See the report of their work under the Community tab on the Montgomery Place website.