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Saturday, October 8, 2016: Willow Beach Field Naturalists Tour of Oak Hills Farm Prairie and Arboretum, 9 a.m. to noon. Leader: John Oyston. John has been planting native trees, shrubs and grasses on the property beginning in 2007. The Oak Hills Farm Prairie was planted on May 18th 2008, as a recreation of the Tallgrass Prairie which used to exist along the shores of Rice Lake. The Oak Hills Farm Arboretum encircles the prairie. It demonstrates the range of over 100 native trees, vines, and shrubs which grow wild in Southern Ontario. The site also includes 30 acres of natural bush and a four-acre reforestation project.
For car pooling, meet at Hwy 401 and Cty. Rd. 28 carpool lot on Phillips Rd. in Port Hope at 8:30 a.m. or meet us at the farm at 9 a.m. Directions: From Port Hope, go north on Cty. Rd. 28 to Cty. Rd. 9. Go east on Cty. Rd. 9 to Oak Hills Rd. (About 3 km.) Turn north on Oak Hills Rd. approximately 1 km. The farm is at 4945 Oak Hills Rd on the right-hand side. Park on the road or in the driveway.
The Oak Hills Farm Prairie was planted on May 18th 2008, as a recreation of the Tallgrass Prairie which used to exist along the shores of Rice Lake. It is situated on 2.7 acres of gently rolling hills, with spectacular views over Rice Lake, between Port Hope and Peterborough.
The Oak Hills Farm Arboretum encircles the prairie. It was established in 2007/8 to demonstrate the range of native trees and shrubs which can be grown in Southern Ontario. All the trees and shrubs in the arboretum grow wild in Southern Ontario, although some are Carolinian species which normally only grow in the extreme south-west of the province. At present many of the trees are only 2 - 3 feet tall but they are very healthy and growing rapidly.