Pollination Guelph

February 24, 2011

Healthy Environment

I am the Honorary Chair of Pollination Guelph – a local group working towards the protection of pollinators and their habitat.

Pollinators (bees, flies, butterflies, insects) are essential for food production. One out of every three bites of food you eat is a direct result of pollination.  Through their interaction with plants, pollinators help produce fruits, nuts, and seeds. Pollinators are in decline and threatened as a result of the loss of habitat, loss of food sources, disease, and pesticides.

We have a major community-based project underway in Guelph to enhance pollinator habitat – a 118-acre Pollinator Park at the former Eastview landfill site.  This is the first and largest pollinator initiative in Ontario, Canada, and internationally.  Research will be carried out by University of Guelph to monitor impacts to onsite pollinator populations.

Site preparation will begin on a portion (one-third) of the park this Spring.  Pollination Guelph is hoping to complete the installation within 5 years (this will depend on funding and availability of materials).  This is a Pollination Guelph project (no financial implications to City) and the City has a license agreement with them for use of the lands.  This is a great partnership between local government and the community.

The City of Guelph now recognizes the importance of pollinators in our Official Plan (the only municipality in Canada to do so). 

The Annual Pollination Symposium, hosted by Pollination Guelph is coming up:

  • Saturday, February 26 from 9am to 3:30pm.
  • Location: Harcourt Memorial United Church (87 Dean Ave)
  • $35 at the door.  Lunch is included
  • Talks will cover such topics as the current plight of bumble bees, creating pollinator-friendly landscaping and school gardens, ways to get involved as pollinator stewards in your community.

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4 Comments on “Pollination Guelph”

  1. Laura Murr Says:

    I fully support the protection of polinators and their habitat. Their are many open spaces in the city that already have greater potential for pollinators but are being over run by invasive plant species such as buckthorn, wild mustard. bull thistle etc. Wild Mustard is of particular concern as it is now spreading into the forests of the Hanlon Creek Watershed and other forests in the city. The city appears to be focusing on the landfill site and home gardens for rehabititaion for pollinator and not on other areas that need rehabing. .
    I have some concerns about the location of the Pollinator park at the Eastview Landfill site.
    Have you tested for potential toxic landfill gases the vicinity of the the new parK?

    We have written to council twice with our concerns about the stack testing at the methane gas cogeneration plant. Can you please concern that the stack gases have been tested and what the results were for mercury?

  2. ksulliva Says:

    Hi Laura,

    Here is a response from staff:

    The City conducted a risk assessment for the Eastview Landfill site that was concluded in April 2010. The conclusion from the Human Risk Assessment for chemical exposure states “… there are no unacceptable risks for Site users.” In addition, landfill gas is collected on site and sold to Guelph Hydro’s Ecotricity facility where it is converted to electricity which is sold to the grid.

    Kate Sullivan
    Mayor’s Office

  3. Rob Britton Says:

    Can you tell me how the pollinator park is going to be planted? Is it just a city sponsored project or is the average citizen able to donate plants for the site? With such a small yard and plants that refuse to stay small I’m sure my wife and I could and would be glad to help.

    Rob Britton

  4. kfarbridge Says:

    Contact Pollination Guelph to find out how to get involved:

    http://www.pollinator.ca/guelph/

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