Through the new PollinateTO grants program, the City is funding pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.
Thirty-seven applications were selected to receive funding from among 151 applications submitted.
These five projects have been approved in Ward 4 –
King George Junior Public School Parent Council, King George Pollinator Garden
The King George Garden Committee is proposing a pollinator teaching garden at King George Junior Public School. The garden will space for students to engage in active learning about biodiversity, ecology, and stewardship. The garden will also be presented as a demonstration garden that encourages residents in the area to consider how their plant choices and gardening practices affect native pollinator species.
Ravina Community Garden, Ravina Community Garden Pollinator Project
The Ravina Community Garden will transform an existing lawn bowling club space and create an experience for community members to directly engage with the plant and wildlife growing in the garden. The project proposes the creation of a stone wall for cavity nesting native pollinators. There will be educational opportunities for members of this intergenerational community garden to learn through hands-on experience of creating the garden.
Runnymede Public School Council Yard Committee, Pollinator Garden Refresh
The Runnymede Public School Yard Committee is a group of parent volunteers that work with teachers and students at Runnymede Public School to enhance and maintain the extensive nature garden that is on the school property. Working with the school’s Green Teacher, students would plant pollinator plants in the already defined pollinator garden at the school. Students and the larger community would learn about the benefits of pollinators.
The Argonaut Rowing Club, Argonaut Growing Club Pollinator Project
The Argonaut Rowing Club is proposing a pollinator garden near the Martin Goodman trail. The project will create plant identifiers and signage that is easily visible from the Martin Goodman trail. The project is supported by a dedicated gardener and team of volunteers.
Windermere United Church and Friends, Pollinator Project
The project will create a pollinator garden at the front entrance of Windermere United Church. The project will engage children from the church school, community cooking class, the on-site daycare (Windermere Kids) and the Swansea School of Dance, as well as many other groups that use the church building during the week.
More details on PollinateTO community grants here https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives/pollinateto-community-grants/
In total, more than 9,500 square metres of pollinator habitat will be created through the grants!