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Oakridge Nature Trail Project

On-Going Nature Walk Project for Arbor Memorial at Oakridge Memory Gardens, Sackville, NS. Fall 2014

Project detials (PDF)

One of Environova’s most interesting projects in 2014 is the design and implementation of a Nature Trail development through an old growth forest area at Oakridge Memory Gardens in Lower Sackvile, Nova Scotia.

The site was located an area on the cemetery property on the western side and behind the superintendent’s and staff works building. It occupies approximately an acre and half of land in a mixed forested area that has been abandoned for a number of years. The wooded area features some old growth trees such as a huge Linden, several Scots pines, Black Locust, White Ash, Red Oak, Horse Chestnut, Chinese Elm, domestic apples and Norway maples in the hardwood species. White and Black Spruce are the dominant conifers planted along the western and eastern edge along with a couple of Balsam fir. Understory shrubbery include Red Twig dogwood, blackberry, hawthorn and Pin cherry. Bishop’s weed or goutweed dominate the grounds cape The area was the site of a house for the original farm property.

After a Tree Assessment proposal for the site was submitted in late December and approved by Arbor Memorial project manager, Kelly Brigley Environova Planning Group was commissioned to proceed with the assessment work so that the design and implementation of a nature Walk could proceed in 2004. The Tree Assessment report was completed on January 17, 2014. In April of 2014, Environova was commissioned to design the Nature walk that would feature cremation cemetery products along the trail edges and interior. Design guidelines and specific details for the type of products to be featured were forwarded along with some pictures and plans of similar projects Arbor had completed in the west and Ontario. Environova Engaged the services of Thompson Conn surveyors to carry out the site survey and assist in the trail design lay-out. Below is the original design submitted in may of 2014 showing the trail design and survey locations of the trees!

Before vegetation clearing

Vegetation before

After clearing



Chipping the debris

High-tree work by arborist

Phase one plantings

What Our Client’s Say!

“As a primarily residential campus, maintaining a beautiful campus grounds is a priority for St. Francis Xavier University. At a 150 plus years old and over 60 acres under active daily use, maintaining the complexity of grounds was beyond our capacity. Environova has put us back on track, making huge strides in a short time frame by helping us establish and deliver on a concise go-forward strategy for maintenance and renewal of our campus grounds.”

Ramsay Duff, Vice President, Finance and Operations St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS

“Hi Stan, We think of you often and I just had to send you a note of thanks for creating such a wonderful yard for us. We get so many people stopping by and commenting on the place, specifically the yard and mature trees, and how it frames and compliments the home. I always tell them it’s because of you and your trees, and pass along your name. We’ve had several comments from others about the trees and how they continue to flourish. Of all the contractors we had, your contributions are among the most valued, and we just wanted you to know.”

Kim & Phil Knoll, Halifax

“As a relatively inexperienced group forging into the area of planning a park for our community, we knew almost instantly that Stan was the best person for the job. His experience was reassuring, his patience was greatly appreciated and his work spoke for itself. Stan was always timely with his responses whether it be via email, or phone. And when the committee had questions (lots of them!), he took the time to respond thoughtfully to each and every one. Finally, Stan was very true to the communities "shopping list" for the park's amenities, and this was reflected in his wonderful park plan. We feel very fortunate to have worked with Stan and Environova Planning.”

Lia Glover, Chair Port Williams Community Park Committee and Laura Duke Churchill, Funding Coordinator, Port Williams Community Park, Port Williams, NS

“The school community of Aldershot Elementary School in Kentville, Nova Scotia has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working under the guidance of Stan Kochanoff to realize the dreams of a Community Park. His expertise, careful plan and wonderful ideas have resulted in a property that is inviting, beautiful and yet practical for elementary school aged children. Stan coordinated and encouraged the involvement of our students and parents so this was indeed a rewarding experience for everyone, The before and after pictures tell the story!”

Sarah Tessier, Principal Aldershot Elementary School

“I would like you to know what a pleasure it was for me to work with you. Very early into this project I knew Environova Planning Group was the right company. Your hard work and dedication into this project clearly shows itself in the final Action Plan. I would like to congratulate your company on a job well done. District 7 now has an Action Plan that is clear and concise, with all our priorities in place, and most important it is the true voice of the community. The feedback from the May 31, 2003 final report is incredible. The community is excited and encouraged that we do have a plan for economic renewal for our community. Thanks again.”

Margaret Gushue, Chair—Steering Committee for Whitney Pier & Area Development Association

“John and I have had a great working relationship with Stan Kochanoff for over 23 years. Through his expert knowledge, creative mind and competent staff, Stan has developed beautifully landscaped properties, both residential and commercial. From designing and construction to on-going maintenance, Stans quality service has given us tremendous enjoyment.”

Deborah and John Roy—Falmouth, NS/Roycom Realty

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Rick Brodie, Past President, Parrsboro and District Board of Trade