From Everett Peterson, Lead Steward of Goward Woodland:
This is to alert the Cadboro Bay Residents Association that the Goward House website has now archived a summary of 2004–18 ecological restoration in the 6-acre woodland surrounding Goward House.
The above is a quick link to this archive, but it can also be opened by anyone from the homepage of the Goward House website and following the links, ‘About us’ and ‘Woodland’.
Today’s urban forest surrounding Goward House is a result of the fortunate confluence of several circumstances three decades ago:
- the desire of the Goward family that the property remain undivided when they sold the property to the District of Saanich
- the initiative and strong support of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association, under the chair of Gerry Gabel, between 1987 and 1989
- the support of residents adjacent to Goward House who were anxious that the property remain as undeveloped urban forest;
- the support by the Saanich Council in the 1980s and their 1989 rezoning of the property from single-family use to P-4 (Recreation and Open Space).
We hope the images in the link below serve as a reminder of the important role played by the Cadboro Bay Residents association in the Goward House and Goward woodland that we know today.
Everett Peterson, lead steward, Goward woodland