Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects will reap benefits from a series of grants given to Guelph and Wellington County non-profit organizations, including the Guelph Horticultural Society.
Pollination Guelph handed out $10,000 in grants to 16 groups for a variety of projects intended to establish or increase pollinator habitat. In many cases, the projects involve plantings as well as education activities that engage children and/or adults as volunteers.
“We are well under way on our plans to make this a showcase garden and are grateful for the assistance that Pollination Guelph is providing,” said GHS spokesperson Elaine Harris in a news release.
"We are really excited about this work and the opportunity to contribute to pollinator conservation, especially for underappreciated nocturnal pollinators,” added Lisa Hirmer, who will be creating a garden designed to support moths at the Ignatius Centre.
Other recipients include:
- Bird Safe Guelph & the Sustainability Office at the University of Guelph
- Ecole Fred Hamilton
- Everdale Environmental Learning Centre
- Food from Home-Food for Home
- Guelph Black Heritage Society
- Guelph Humane Society
- Guelph Tool Library
- The Julien Project
- St. George’s Park Neighbourhood Group
- Trees for Guelph
- Trout Unlimited: Speed Valley Chapter
- Taylor Kerekes Graduate Research Student
- Westminster Woods Mutual User Committee
- Yorklands Green Hub
“Funded projects are in diverse settings including recreational trails, public parks, community gardens, storm water management ponds, and landscaping around buildings,” said the news release. “Through partnerships with local non-profit organizations, Pollination Guelph aims to make the inclusion of habitat for pollinators a routine component of any planting project designed to restore natural areas, grow food, beautify a garden or landscape an institutional/commercial site.”
For more information about Pollination Guelph, visit www.pollination guelph.ca.