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Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area

Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area is 26 hectares (65 acres) in size, and has over three kilometres of hiking trails, eleven soccer fields, two picnic pavilions and several historic buildings including a maple syrup evaporator hut and the Sheppard family house.

Aside from the playing fields, the majority of the property is forested, and includes mature pine plantations, mixed forest, an old sugar bush, and a ravine along the East Holland River. Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area is also part of a larger network of public lands and recreation trails along the East Holland River. From here you can go as far as Holland Landing on the Nokiidaa Trail or from Palgrave to Rice Lake on the Oak Ridges Trail.

Visitors to Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area

Please note, the parking lot off Industry Street will be closed to accommodate shrub pruning / removal activities on Wednesday, November 8 from 7am to 1pm

The shrubs and trees being removed are impacting the accessibility in the parking lot. The majority of what ​will be removed is buckthorn, an invasive species whose removal benefits the conservation area. 

The parking lot and affected areas will be clearly marked. Please observe the signs and stay on the designated, op​en trails. The alternative parking lot at 93 Industrial Parkway South (near the soccer fields) is open for your use. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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If you have questions specific to this initiative, contact:

Cory Byron, RPF, HBScF, Forestry Program Coordinator
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
905-895-1281, ext. 152 |

Management Plan Review

Together with local residents, visitors, community groups and other interested stakeholders we're updating the Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area Management Plan. Your feedback is an important part of this review. Through this process, you will have an opportunity to reflect on the value and use of the property, changes you may have seen over the years, and most importantly, your ideas for the future.

What is a Management Plan?

The Sheppard's Bush Management Plan provides direction so that the property is cared for in a way that balances recreation with conservation. It sets goals to enhance the property and provides the strategies to achieve them. Updates to the Management Plan ensure that policies remain relevant and responsive to new challenges and opportunities. 

Process and Timeline

The Sheppard's Bush Management Plan review and update will consist of five stages:

Stage 1. Implementation Report (November 2016 – Jan​uary 2017)
Stage 2. Stakeholder Analysis (January – April 2017)
Stage 3. Needs Assessment (May – July 2017)
Stage 4. Preliminary Management Plan and Public Review (September - Novem​ber 2017) *Public review now closed.
Stage 5. Management Plan (January 2018)

Documents available for review:

Preliminary Management Plan and Public Review
Sheppard's Bush Public Consultation Summary
Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area Management Plan 2009