People want to live by nature. It’s in our DNA. When we think of being in a suburb in a maze of copycat houses it doesn’t make us feel good. Having a healthy, mindful life means having access to nature and respecting it. We need natural tree stands, open spaces, and sunset views. And we need to feel like our homes are doing something good for the land we inhabit.
Desrochers Villages was master-planned with well-being in mind. And it all starts with the Desrochers Forest at the community’s heart.
15 acres of preserved forest form a natural island at the heart of Desrochers. This area was left wild on purpose. Here you’ll find native Albertan tree species and the chirping of birds. It’s an anchor in the community that connects residents to what matters most.
The Desrochers Development team works with professional ecologist Michael Rawson-Clark of Clark Ecoscience and Sustainability to ensure environmental integrity. When Michael explored the forest he found a native aspen stand with plant communities ranging from micro-scale wetlands hiding beneath the understory of the forest to dry areas—demonstrating a wide and healthy range of flora. “The stand is going through a succession,” explains Michael. “There are some mature trees, some shrubs, and some baby trees. There’s great natural diversity.” Trees at the end of their lifespan are not removed from the forest because they contribute to the forest’s long-term health.
You’ll also find:
- shade loving strawberries
“It’s all wild. And people seem to really respect the forest.”
Connect to Nature in Southwest Edmonton
The Huffington Post published an article about the benefits of walking in nature. One study in the article shows that people who took 50 minute walks in nature compared with those taking the same length of walks in an urban environment experienced decreased anxiety, brooding, and negative emotions and increased memory performance. Next time you’re out in Desrochers, why not talk a walk?
The Desrochers Development team is working to expand nature from the forest into its stormwater pond area by working with Stantec and using native plants chosen by Clark Ecoscience and Sustainability. The goal is to have a carbon neutral area that returns the land to its most natural state MLC is committed to ongoing testing to monitor the progress of this goal.
Homeowners contribute to the overall project of extending the benefits of the forest into the neighbourhood too.
Homes in Desrochers are solar-ready. These energy efficient homes are connected to natural areas through a network of multi-use paths.