Create Neighbourhood Green Space
We’ve coexisted and relied on pollinators for thousands of years, but the modern age has ushered in a new rate of expansion at which pollinators just can’t keep up with. Bees for example, account for roughly a third of the world’s pollination services (based on their economic output) but require relationships with certain plants to sustain their colonies. As we build bigger cities, schools, and shopping malls, these plants become harder to find. Luckily, many homeowners have unused planting space, which can be converted into pollinator habitat. In this project, you’ll work with local homeowners to beautify their residences, while also expanding the amount of green space in your neighbourhood! Why are bees important?
Here’s How We’ll Help
We’ll provide you with the pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds needed to create these green spaces. In case you run out of seeds and still want to continue with your project, we’ll send more seeds on request. We can also provide brochures in case you need help explaining this project to others.
Here’s What You’ll Need to Do
You can begin planning anytime after January 4th, 2021. You can start planting between April and June. We will send you the seeds before April. You will need a nice cool place to store these seeds.
Step 1: Set a date, pick a neighbourhood, and start getting volunteers
Step 2: Promote your initiative in the local media (optional)
You can use this opportunity to spread the word about the importance of pollinators; it’s also a great opportunity to make headlines! Get in touch with local newspapers, journalists, and media companies and introduce your project and cause to them – communities love to hear about youth that are trying to make a difference
Step 3: Receive the seeds
We will send you the seeds before April. Store them in a nice cool place.
Step 4: Go out, and plant!
Once your volunteers arrive, start introducing your project to residents from door to door. After you share you’re acquainted with the homeowner, ask if they have any unused gardening space available for you to plant your pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds in. The space must have soil that is free of weeds or other plants. Here is a short guide on planting the seeds: https://youtu.be/jMHk4CB3eUU. In addition to our seeds, you’ll also need to bring gardening forks and a filled watering can in case you have to work with dry soil.
Step 5: Record the number of green spaces you’ve created
For record keeping purposes, we need to keep track of all the green spaces that are being planted through our programs. Because of this, we are asking all teams that are participating to record the number of green spaces they’ve planted.
Want to do this project?
Fill out the form via the link below, and check off the “expand neighbourhood green space” option.