Five Oaks is grateful to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for sparking positive change in environmental conservation, nature appreciation and social connection on our special 117-acre site. The accessible pollinator and indigenous species garden project focused on the following central highlights including:
- supports the conservation of the environment.
- creates space for education and reflection.
- provides a calm space for all people.
- creates a healing space for people wishing to find relief of emotional or physical suffering.
- designed space that has a wheelchair accessible entrance at one end and the new gradual steps with a railing at another, the garden is more easily accessible to people with a range of physical disabilities and those with visual impairments including signage ensure to information by those visitors who are Deaf.
- attracts more people who come to the centre to connect with nature and increase their personal commitment to conservation.
- engages children from the GROWE Forest School, young adults from McMaster University and Five Oaks volunteers of all ages.
- complements many other activities that take place on site from art or multicultural/interfaith retreats and community festivals to summer camps.
- creates space that is accessible to people of all faiths (or no faith), cultures and abilities.