Ontario’s Greenbelt protects approximately 2 million acres of green space, farmland and rivers, streams and environmentally-sensitive areas from sprawl. The Greenbelt supports Ontario’s biodiversity and maintains our drinking water. The Greenbelt also prevents pollution and provides people with a better quality of life.
Coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of the Greenbelt, four provincial land use plans are being reviewed: the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan. Oakville residents can help grow and strengthen the Greenbelt by participating in the public consultation.
This is our chance to advocate for the expansion of the Greenbelt along our natural heritage systems and urban river valleys, such as Fourteen Mile Creek.
TAKE ACTION to GROW and STRENGTHEN the GREENBELT!
Share your views at the Town Hall meeting (Thursday May 7th at Oakville Town Hall, 6pm)
If you can’t attend the Town Hall meeting be sure to share your feedback online before May 28, 2015.
A NOTE ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT:
The Province has structured the public review process to provide input on how to better achieve six main goals. These goals and review questions are outlined in the Discussion Document produced by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Regional Town Hall meeting round tables and the online feedback form are also focused on gathering input on these six goals/questions. We’ve listed the six questions below.
Question 1: How can the plans better support the long-term protection of agricultural lands, water, and natural areas?
Question 2: How can the plans be strengthened to ensure our communities make best use of key infrastructure such as transit, roads, sewers and water?
Question 3: How can the plans continue to support the design of attractive, liveable and healthy communities that are accessible to all Ontarians at all stages of life?
Question 4: How can the plans better support the development of communities that attract workers and the businesses that employ them?
Question 5: How can the plans help address climate change?
Question 6: How can the implementation of the plans be improved?
For more information on the Greenbelt see the Friends of Greenbelt Foundation’s Q&A sheet.
Sean James and his team at Fern Ridge Landscaping have created a sample pollinator garden planting design incorporating some of the species found in our Pollinator Garden Kits. Please use these designs for our small or larger kits to inspire your pollinator plantings this spring! (Click on the image below to see a larger version).
This designs should inspire you if you’ve bought one of our Pollinator Garden Kits and are wondering how to arrange your plants, or if you are still on the fence and trying to imagine what a pollinator garden will look like. We can’t wait to see how you plant your pollinator gardens and how you incorporate the kit plants into your existing landscaping!
Please also check out this PDF for some very useful tips on installing and caring for your pollinator garden, also from Fern Ridge. A full list of species included in these designs can be found here (note: there are some substitutions from species that will be found in our kits).
Thanks Sean, Mike and the rest of the Fern Ridge team for helping Oakville pollinators!
Despite the snow today, our spring programs and plantings are coming up quickly. Sign up today to volunteer with us for a hour, or a day, or the season!
Pollinator Kit Assembly & Distribution:
Oakvillegreen’s pollinator kits and native trees are arriving soon! We will be sorting and distributing hundreds of native plants at the Town of Oakville greenhouses on Cornwall Road on May 8th from 10am-2pm and May 9th from 9am-12noon. Both dates require some volunteers willing to get a little dirty and learn a whole lot about native plants!
Pollinator Garden Stewards:
We are looking for a few keen and committed volunteers to help maintain and check up on our Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden at Glen Abbey Community Centre. This new garden will be planted on May 10th beginning at 10am. We’d like our Garden Stewards to take a once-a-week walk around and do some garden tidy up and let us know of any issues. Throughout the summer we may organize a bigger edging party or a fall clean up but for the moment, we need a few volunteers to be our eyes on the garden at least once a week. Please let us know if you are available to be a Garden Steward!
Tree Planting Volunteer:
Moving shovels, wheelbarrows and preparing a planting area before eager tree planters arrive to plant trees is a big job! We are searching for a tree planting volunteer for tree planting on April 24th at 1pm at Beechnut Woods, May 3rd at 2pm at Woodgate Woods and May 30th at 10 am at Clearview Park. The tree planting volunteer will coordinate with our Tree and Education Program coordinator to assist with putting up directional signs, unloading equipment, and preparing plants and would guide volunteers on how and where to plant trees and shrubs.
GIANT COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE:
On May 23rd we are looking for volunteers for various roles from 5:30am to 1pm! Our giant garage sale is our biggest fundraiser and a great community event. If you are an early bird, we need a volunteer at 5:30 am to help mark the Town Hall parking lot with chalk to demarcate vendor spots. If you have roller blades or ride a skateboard this is just the job for you! It goes a lot faster if you have wheels! We also need a happy, shiny person to sell coffee from 7 am (until it runs out – usually 10 am!) We need several more volunteers to check vendors in at 8 am or assist our M&M BBQ Master with giving change and keeping the BBQ line moving well.
HAVE TRUCK WILL MOVE PLANTS?
Finally, we need a volunteer with a vehicle (they don’t mind getting a bit of soil spilled in) to help us move pollinator plants to several school gardens we are organizing. Any and all help moving plants is greatly appreciated and repaid with smiles and cheers by students and teachers at the other end!
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please fill out our volunteer application form and let us know when you are available.
Email Giuliana at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to chat about any of these opportunities!