The Master Plan was presented to Aurora Town Council in 2006 and accepted by the Council. The plan is now part of Aurora's Leisure Services Master Plan. It provides the blueprint for the future development of the Arboretum.
David Tomlinson started work on the Master Plan in 2005 and continues to refine it to-day. Are we pleased? Absolutely! David has intimate knowledge of Aurora, and Aurora's soils and micro-climates. He brings his skills as a Landscape Architect to the task along with his love of the land. He knows that the task is not to try to replicate the forest of 200 years ago as so much has changed, but to create a new sense of that forest and meadow, much as it would be if it grew today.
With financial support from the Town of Aurora, the Aurora Community Arboretum has become one of Aurora’s nature treasures. ACA is not a committee or division of The Corporation of the Town of Aurora and is operating under contract no. PKS-003-18. All improvements to the Arboretum will become the property of the Town and will then be maintained by the Town.
This will be a difficult area of the Arboretum to establish successfully and will require the most maintenance. Too much has changed over the years, including human disturbance, to make it simple to re-introduce a collection of native tree species. This project will require detailed planning, time and care.
This is a representative selection of large and smaller growing trees, both native and exotic species, and varieties that are hardy and can be grown in the Town of Aurora and surrounding area.
These specimen trees are at the Northern edge of their hardiness zone and need to be carefully located in sheltered locations protected by topography or existing trees and shrubs.
These are trees that need ample moisture during their growing season, but most will not grow in standing water.
It is proposed that all the valley slopes should be re-forested to create a visual screen between the valley lands and surrounding development. A mixture of native and exotic trees and shrub species are being used here. These trees and shrubs will also form Shelter Belts creating micro-climates for tender species and wildlife corridors.
This is an extensive collection of trees and shrubs that are Spring flowering, display good Fall colour and colourful Winter berries, providing Aurora with masses of flowers in mid-May. This area has been designated as Flora Aurora and is a significant feature of the Arboretum.
Old-field herbaceous and old-field shrubs are two of the richest wildlife habitats, supporting a large number of different species of birds, mammals, amphibians and insects.
The proposal is to plant an extensive area of the valley lands with typical bottomland tree species. Large Willows and Cottonwoods can be planted along the banks of the river.
This area in the Northern part of the Arboretum is designated as The Meadow and will include a wide range of grasses. This should provide a grazing area for migrating waterfowl and variety to the Arboretum.
These are plantings on the high ground on the edge of the valley.