610 acres. That’s roughly the size of the Edmonton downtown core. It’s also the size of Bunchberry Meadows, Nature Conservancy Canada’s newest conservation project located just outside of the city.
Friday afternoon a few ZGM’ers (not so reluctantly) left the office and took a turn around Bunchberry to get a feel for the greenspace.Our private tour was lead by Wanda Kowalchuk, Manager, Development & Operations from NCC’s Edmonton office. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Bunchberry and we thoroughly enjoyed her running monologue of the plants, wetlands and animals along the way (A Walk with Wanda—Coming to Discovery Network this fall). The vastness of the space is hard to wrap your head around—not just a square piece of land but a rolling, living, breathing place that has been looked after and saved for future generations by 5 local families.
NCC’s plan is to conserve Bunchberry Meadows and turn it into a public space with open trails available to the entire community. In order for NCC to properly conserve these lands and create an endowment to keep it upheld for… well basically for eternity, they need to raise quite a tidy sum. For good reason, there are developers waiting to snatch up this land should NCC not be able to pull through with the funding. (Cue the Joni Mitchell.)
Stay tuned to for a brilliant marketing campaign that will undoubtedly help Wanda and her team conquer all these challenges. But in the meantime donations are being accepted here: