Announcing Terrapure Pollinator Paradise at Heritage Green Passive Park!
Pollinators are essential for both Canadian agriculture and wild ecosystems. Yet their populations are in rapid decline due to habitat loss, loss of food sources, disease and pesticides.
Terrapure, in partnership with Environment Hamilton and Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, is helping address this critical issue by creating pollinator friendly gardens at the Heritage Green Passive Park. These gardens will provide an important and much-needed habitat to attract pollinators.
The project includes four unique habitat gardens and several additional acres of pollinator habitat. In addition to the four gardens, one acre will be planted in the first year in the fall, with two more acres planned during the second year in 2018.
The pollinator gardens will be created in a central location in the Heritage Green Passive Park, which is located on the site of a closed landfill. The property is owned by Terrapure and maintained jointly by Terrapure and the City of Hamilton. The $2.2-million, 28-hectare park was funded by Terrapure ($1.25 Million) and the Heritage Green Community Trust ($940,000) (which is funded by Terrapure) and features pathways and the city’s biggest leash-free dog area.
This significant community environmental project is the single largest initiative of the Environment Hamilton and Hamilton Naturalists’ Club’ Pollinator Paradise Project. The vision of the Pollinators Paradise Project is to make Hamilton a paradise for pollinators by planting corridors of milkweed and wildflowers in our public parks and around our homes. The goal is to create a “pollinator highway,” an uninterrupted haven of native plants that will provide food and shelter for pollinators across Hamilton.