Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
The Cocagne Community Centre is an important meeting place for the residents of Cocagne. The health of natural areas contributes to the wellbeing of the residents and the fauna who frequent the site. It is an ideal place for a sustainable development project that demonstrates the importance of finding a balance between recreational use and ecosystem health. The “Ecological Landscaping at the Cocagne Community Centre” project demonstrates restoration techniques to bring back natural habitats in 3 distinct areas.

Natural breakwater

By planting native shrubs (ex. holly and bayberry) and grasses (spartina) that can tolerate coastal conditions such as wind and sea spray, our restoration efforts will help prevent soil erosion on the breakwater. By preserving a natural border of wild plants and guiding access to the beach, we are helping to preserve the natural features along the river shoreline. A plover nested along the high bank near the beach that was created by the addition of the breakwater.

Plage 1              Brise lame platebande planté


With the help of community volunteers, we planted a variety of native trees that are tolerant to damp conditions (cedar, maple) in the low-lying areas of the once wooded area. By planting native trees we are creating shelter for birds and insects. During a community worker bee, which included the mayor and two councilors from the Communauté Rurale de Cocagne, we created a rest spot near the arena in an area where large maple trees were dying. We cut these back and created nooks and gashes in the standing timbers to create hollows in which birds can nest. We planted native shrubs for shelter and food for birds (highbush cranberry and serviceberry.)

Boisé automne 1                       Zone de repos

Natural ditch

We are conserving a natural border of 10 meters along the ditch by not mowing the grass, which will help to control sedimentation while providing habitat for butterflies and other pollinating insects. In partnership with the SEAA, we planted over 40 native shrubs (ex. red osier dogwood, roses) next to the ditch, to enhance the diversity of flora and attract fauna to the site.Thanks to the investigative work of one of our trusting volunteers Louis-Emile Cormier, two rare species of NB wildflowers (Nodding ladies tresses and Slender False Foxglove; comm. David Mazzerole) are growing in these newly naturalized areas.

Plate bande en travaill                                       Canal automne1

Upcoming activities

July 11, 2020 - Butterfly plants to give away

9 to 11 a.m.
at the GDDPC office, 4585 route 134 in Cocagne
Do you want to help the Monarch butterfly? Plant some butterfly plants (swamp milkweed) in your flower bed!
Plants are free, but you can always make a donation.
Thanks for your help!

July 8, 2020 - Gardening workshop with Bernadette Goguen

6:30 p.m.
At the Cocagne community garden, 1789 route 535 in Cocagne
For more information: contact Mathieu Bastarache This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 899-1586.
Please Bring your chairs if you need one!
Come learn about various methods in gardening maintenance and tips for controlling pests. With Bernadette Goguen, CFM and gardener.
Please book with the GDDPC by July 7 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by tel. at 576-8247.
It's free! Donations can always be made to the garden.

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