Cloverdale’s Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School rugby team recently built 16 new garden plots that are now available for rent at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

Cloverdale’s Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School rugby team recently built 16 new garden plots that are now available for rent at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

Rugby team tackles planting project

Cloverdale students build community garden beds at Langley Arboretum

Some Cloverdale rugby players helped prepare a Langley Township park for the gardening season.

On March 11, 40 boys and four staff from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in Cloverdale built new community garden plots next to the Langley Demonstration Garden at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

The students, members of the school’s rugby team, assembled 16 wood planter boxes and cleaned up the park and trails.

The Township of Langley supplied the tools and coordinated the work.

“They got a lot of work done and we are truly grateful for their efforts” said Langley Township Parks Design and Development Manager Al Neufeld. Located next to the Langley Airport between Fraser Highway and 56 Avenue, the Arboretum was established by the Township of Langley in the fall of 2008.

The 12 acres include woods, wetlands, pathways, viewing decks, and the Walk to Remember commemorative grove.

The demonstration garden, which is run by Langley Environmental Partners Society, will officially open this spring.

There are plans to create a sustainable horticulture centre in the future.

Interested gardeners who would like to rent the newly-constructed planting beds and form a Derek Doubleday Community Garden Club for the 2013 season should contact Michelle Barkes in Parks Design and Development at 604-532-7350 or email: mbarkes@tol.ca.