We are building a Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden just outside the main entrance of Glen Abbey Community Centre this spring!
We will be transforming a grassy boulevard into a thriving pollinator garden, demonstrating that even a small patch of earth can become an ecologically diverse habitat which supports pollinators and brings the community together to make our Town healthier and greener. Oakvillegreen’s Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden has been developed in partnership with the Town of Oakville and will be maintained by volunteer garden stewards.
Monarch population declines and honey bee losses in recent years are startling! Rather than feeling overwhelmed with all the bad news about pollinators, we hope you will be inspired by our demonstration garden to take action on your own property. Plant native shrubs and flowers that are beneficial for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
The Pop-up Pollinator Demonstration Garden will be planted on May 10th beginning at 10 am. If you are interested in volunteering to plant and maintain the garden, please complete our volunteer registration form.
If you can’t help plant our garden, you can still support the project when you shop at Whole Foods!
For the months of April, May and June, when you bring a reusable bag to Whole Foods in Oakville you can choose to donate your 10 cent per bag refund to Oakvillegreen to help our garden grow!
Join us in the store this Saturday April 18th from 12-2pm for a “Party for the Pollinators” and learn more about native plants and pollinators in Oakville!
More on Whole Foods Pollinator programs here.
Amongst Oakville’s many trails and green spaces, 14 Mile Creek stands out as an important urban river valley with upstream connections to headwater features such as groundwater recharge areas, ephemeral streams and wetlands.
Oakvillegreen invites you to join us for a hike along 14 Mile Creek, in partnership with the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and the Greenbelt Foundation. Join us Saturday, April 18th at 9:45 am at Langtry Park parking lot (near Third Line and Kings College, just north of the QEW).
The Hike will be a fun outdoor adventure and help people obtain a better understanding of why headwater features are important. As noted by the Ontario Headwaters Institute’s Andrew McCammon, “Headwaters are the foundation of our watersheds and nurture more biodiversity than any other type of habitat in Ontario”.
The hike also aims to encourage participants to get involved in the 2015 Greenbelt Review currently underway. “We hope that when people see the beauty of 14 Mile Creek and witness threats influencing our headwaters and urban river valleys, they will be inspired to voice their support for strong and expanded Greenbelt protection of our urban river valleys”, explained Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc., Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri.
A new Provincial Town Hall meeting for the provincial government to hear from residents about the Greenbelt and related provincial plans was recently announced for Oakville. This consultation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at White Oaks Secondary School on McCraney St. from 6-9pm.
The hike is one of a series of ten Headwater Hikes across the Greenbelt developed in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and 19 regional partners.. More information on the role that headwaters play in the Greenbelt, and other Hikes, can be found at: http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/hikes/
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
SHOW YOU CARE ABOUT SAW WHET and FOURTEEN MILE CREEK:
What’s at stake?
Last year a developer submitted an application to build about 780 houses and 2 multi-story buildings on what is currently Saw-whet Golf Course within Oakville’s Merton Lands (Click here for an aerial photo). There was a loud public outcry against the plan with hundreds of residents writing letters and attending public meetings. Council vowed to do all it could to stop the development of Saw-whet. The developer has since appealed the development application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A pre-hearing is set for May 1 and the hearing is scheduled to start in October.
1. WRITE TO THE MAYOR & COUNCIL TODAY
The Mayor and Council need to hear from you asap!
Take a moment to email: firstname.lastname@example.org (cc: email@example.com).
Reaffirm your support for the conservation of all of the Merton Lands.
Here is some suggested wording to get you started:
“I am opposed to the development of Saw Whet Golf Course. This greenspace should be left as open greenspace to protect wildlife habitat and maintain the continuity of the natural heritage of the Fourteen Mile Creek and its environmentally sensitive surrounds. It is imperative that we preserve the multiple benefits that this ecologically sensitive area provides for wildlife and humans and protect terrestrial and water resources. Development of the Saw Whet Golf Course will fragment and negatively impact the pristine Fourteen Mile Creek ESA that is home to numerous provincially and nationally rare species. I want Fourteen Mile Creek to be protected, enhanced and expanded to connect with other ecologically sensitive areas. It is our legacy to protect this area for future generations. Once it’s developed, it’s gone.”
2. ATTEND A KEY COMMUNITY MEETING – APRIL 14th, 7PM
You are invited to attend a public meeting on April 14, 7 pm, at Halton Region Building, 1151 Bronte Rd. hosted by Allan Elgar and Roger Lapworth, 14 Mile Creek Residents Association and Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc. Learn more about the OMB process and how you can become involved. Visit: http://www.elgar.ca
For more on the Merton Planning Study: http://www.oakville.ca/business/merton-planning-studies.html