This special natural area is managed by The Todmorden Wildflower Preserve, a charitable organization run by volunteers. It includes: a bit of the Don River, cut off by the construction of The Don Valley Parkway, some floodplain, close by Don Valley slopes and fill from construction of the Parkway. A neglected area, the site was invaded by Manitoba Maple, Crack Willow, Garlic Mustard and Japanese Knotweed. Garbage and salt-spray blowing in off the expressway further degraded this site.
Todmorden pond, May 18, 2007
Volunteers, supported by corporate and local government partners, have worked hard to restore the site. Gradually, native trees, shrubs and wildflowers are coming back to Todmorden and wildlife is also reappearing.
Ferns and Mallow, May 2007
Habitat restoration efforts are the major part of The Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve’s activities including habitat creation and plantings, invasive plant control and garbage control. They have established a trail around the Oxbow trail that allows people to stroll and enjoy the natural environment. Members give guided walks.
For more information or an outline for a self-guided tour visit the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve website. www.hopscotch.ca/tmwp/