Planting helps to protect the pollinator population

Over 75 volunteers from across Niagara Region were showing their green thumbs on Sept. 20/21 2019 planting over 1900 native pollinator plants in the new pollinator garden at Niagara Region headquarters.

​“The 3,000 sq. ft. garden features a wide variety of pollinator plants that provide a continuous source of flowers from spring through fall,” a press release from Niagara Region said. “The garden only contains native species to the region’s local ecosystem and provides overwinter safety to even the smallest of native insects.”

“The introduction of a pollinator garden into the local area will provide pollinators, such as birds, bees and butterflies, a safe food source and habitat,” the release said. “Pollinators are essential in sustaining our local ecosystem and help plants reproduce, clean the air, and support other wildlife.”

“Pollinators also contribute to Canada’s economic agriculture economy, with honeybees alone providing an economic harvest value upwards of $5 billion a year,” the release said. : Pollution and misuse of pesticides have led to a decline in the population of pollinator species.”

According to the press release, “the pollinator garden will complement the nearby Glenridge Naturalization Site hot spot and assist in sustaining the local pollinator population.”

The pollinator garden is part of the Region’s International Plaza project. Niagara Region will be holding a ribbon cutting event to officially open the International Plaza Project and the Brock District project later this year.

To learn more about the pollinator garden and the International Plaza project, go to Niagara Region’s International Plaza Project Page​.