Thursday, June 16, 2016

We're celebrating pollinators and creating pollinator habitat by planting native species throughout the month of June.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hamilton--June 20th to 26th is Pollinator Week but the Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Project (PPP) is going full out and celebrating pollinators throughout the entire month.

A project of Environment Hamilton and Hamilton Naturalists' Club, the PPP is planting pollinator-friendly gardens and educating and raising awareness about the need to create habitat across our city for declining pollinator populations. Everyone is on board. Ward councillors ("Politicians for Pollinators") support the project and encourage their residents to plant for nature. A native plant garden is being planted on City Hall grounds at the Hunter Street entrance. Local food associated organizations such as the Victory Gardens and the McQuesten Urban Farm, as well as public parks that have community gardens close by like Victoria Park (Strathcona) will benefit from the project's native plant patches since more bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects means healthier and increased food production.

The PPP is actively engaging school children and youth in planting sites on school board property at Hess St. Elementary School, Bishop Ryan And Winston Churchill secondary schools. Places of worship such as the new Down Town Mosque saw dozens of mosque volunteers come out to help plant a garden on their property and plan to educate their members on why we need to plant with nature in mind.

A special award, called the Monarch Awards has been created by the project organizations and local community groups to honour those who are doing their part and planting habitat in their own yards (deadline for applications is June 19th), and the project offers a free certification program.

On Friday June 17th, the project is inviting media to Bobolink, CityHousing complex (at the end of Bobolink Road, across from Bruleville Park) for a festive planting and celebration of all things pollinators. Residents of the complex, including seniors and children, will help put plants in the ground. Pizza and light beverages will be offered. Event takes place from 4 to 6pm.

We look forward to your attendance. For all inquiries, please contact:
Jen Baker, Project Coordinator
TEL: (905) 523-3339   EMAIL: land@hamiltonnature.org