To preserve, enhance and maintain natural areas of Sechelt and its surrounds with special emphasis on the Sechelt Heritage Forest and the Hidden Grove. "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a songbird will come." -- Chinese proverb
THE HISTORY OF THE GROVES
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SOME HISTORY (A resume)
The Sechelt Groves Society was incorporated in February, 2011 to meet two important goals; allow for a more focused group relieving the Sandy Hook Community Association of responsibility and, allow for an application to Revenue Canada so that tax receipts might be handed out to assist in fund raising.
The history of the Hidden Grove group therefore predates the Society. In fact it predates the Hidden Grove. In the 1980s and early 90's the local residents worked to establish the Sechelt Heritage Forest.
In 2000 a local resident noticed tapes up for logging in what is now the Hidden Grove and the movement to save this local gem began. Early documentation is available on the next web page.
A Hidden Grove Park Steering Committee ( a committee of the Sandy Hook Community Association) was directed by the District of Sechelt to prepare a development concept plan for that area of District Lot 3006 known as Hidden Grove or Block 350.
On November 6, 2002 the original work of the committee seemed basically completed with a presentation to the District of Sechelt council. It may seen on this page.
See Timelines of the History of the Hidden Grove Development CLICK HERE
Nevertheless from 2002 and until 2008 the Committee worked to thwart logging interests in the area as they wanted to clear cut the Hidden Grove. When the Sechelt Community Forest was formed and at their first AGM, the SCCF promised no logging for 2 years, later this was extended to 5 and then to as long as they had tenure from the Province. Then and only then was real work allowed to go ahead with the work parties putting in approved trails and starting other projects. In 2011 the SCCF tenure was extended to 25 years so the Committee could relax.
In 2011 the overall commitment became a bit much for the Sandy Hook Community Association that had other obligations too. Also it was seen as advantageous to not only have a dedicated Society but one that could apply for Charitable status with the ability to issue tax receipts. March 8, 2011 the Sechelt Grove Society was formed using some seed money from the SHCA and including some SHCA board members on the new Society board.
Throughout 2011 and into the 2012 Society carried on with trail building and maintenance but also saw to the installation of the parking lot. It launched major dedicated fund raising for Phase 1 of a Accessibility Trail into the Ancient Grove. As funds came in work started in the August of 2011. The "Take It Easy - AYAT-TSUT" trail was officially opened on May 12, 2012 (See Details).
During the same period the entrance kiosk was donated and the Trailbuilders completed its installation on September 19, 2012 (See Details)
On July 12, 2012 work was started on the second Accessibility trail - Monty's Way - with the official opening on April 7, 2013. (See all about it)
By the spring of 2013 the Society had raised over $60,000 in funds and in kind donations plus obtained special support from the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Community Forest. The volunteer Trailbuilders had put in literally thousands of hours of hard labour to get everything done. Throughout the year work progressed on the final trails.
SEE THE SPECIAL YEAR PAGES FOR MORE DETAIL AND FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION