City of Brampton to host community open house about pollinator habitat in Dearbourne Park


Published March 17, 2023 at 4:20 pm

The City of Brampton will be hosting a community open house about the Dearbourne Park pollinator habitat next week.

The habitat is part of the City’s Don’t Mow, Let it Grow initiative, which focuses on converting areas of public land into pollinator-friendly habitats and meadows.

The initiative, which was launched back in 2018, aims to help make Brampton a more beautiful, healthy, resilient and environmentally sustainable city.

Over the last few years, the City of Brampton has converted approximately 28 hectares of turf grass into meadows​ and pollinator habitats. The City has also identified various strategic locations where it could eliminate mowing in favour of pollinator habitats.

The open house will take place on Mar. 21, 2023, at Earnscliffe Recreation Centre, located at 44 Eastbourne Dr, and residents may join any time between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

At the open house, residents can expect to learn about Brampton’s  Don’t Mow Let It Grow initiative and what the City heard from the community in August 2022.

It will also provide residents with an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed planting and program plans and learn ways that they can get involved.

“The City is still mowing, we’re just being more strategic about it,’ reads the City of Brampton’s website.

“We have evaluated our mowing program and identified a number of strategic locations where it makes sense to eliminate mowing. Cutting, mowing and manicuring grass has high environmental and economic costs.”

The mowing program reduces biological diversity and habitat, contributes to air and water pollution, increases stormwater runoff, decreases soil structure and quality, costs taxpayers money and requires a significant amount of fuel and labour.

To register for the upcoming open house, click here.

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