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Cities can play a critical role in mitigating this crisis. One way is in protecting nature and fostering biodiversity. This approach is at the heart of Ecology Ottawa’s pollinator garden initiative.
Together with three community partners, we’ve planted pollinator gardens in three locations across Ottawa:
- Hampton Park, in partnership with Friends of Hampton Park (gallery here)
- Orléans Wood Elementary School, in partnership with Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association (gallery here)
- Holy Family School, in partnership with the Hunt Club Community Association
In addition to being spread out across the city, these sites are all accessible by sustainable transportation. They are also within or near equity-seeking neighbourhoods, as defined by Ottawa’s Neighbourhood Equity Index.
These pollinator gardens have several goals:
- Provide food and habitat for pollinator species
- Demonstrate best practices to Ottawans to apply to their own future pollinator gardens
- Bring communities together for environmental action
We have webpages for each garden: Hampton Park, Orléans Wood Elementary, and Holy Family School. We also invite you to peruse our pollinator garden resources to help you plant your own pollinator garden, as well as to watch a webinar on the program that we held August 29. Finally, please check out our map of native plantings in Ottawa.
We sincerely thank our wonderful volunteers who have helped with many aspects of our pollinator garden program, as well as our funders: Ottawa Community Foundation, TD Environmental Leaders Program, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.