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Bee City Wellesley

Southern Ontario community becomes 20th Canadian Bee City

Wellesley Township is pitching-in to help pollinators! A rehabilitation project led by The Friends of the Pond community group has been planting native trees, shrubs and flowering perennials on the riverside and areas adjacent to a pond near the centre of the town. In addition, a community pollinator garden was established in 2018 and filled with native plants. This garden area is being used to host workshops and other educational activities so that children, high school students and the broader community can learn more about how we can help our pollinators.

Wellesley Township

May 2020

2020 Renewal

WTHS received two grants to fund Bee City projects. A small $100 grant was received from the OHA to revamp a perennial bed located on a popular street front in Wellesley with more pollinator friendly flowers. A large $3500 grant was received by WTHS from the Region of Waterloo Environmental Fund to cover expenses for promotional materials, social media, nursery plot rental, soil & mulch & native plants for future habitat gardens throughout the other settlement areas in the township e.g. Linwood, St. Clements. This second grant application was submitted with input from Friends of the Wellesley Pond, the Township Council, the Wellesley Community Garden, and both the Kitchener and Stratford Master Gardener groups.

WTHS rented a plot at the Wellesley Community Garden to grow native plant divisions obtained from current pollinator habitats, and for propagation of future plants from seeds collected: Asclepias tuberosa, Eupatorium maculatum, Helenium autumnale, Liatris spiacata, Monarda fisulosa, Physostegia virginiana, Ratibida pinnata, Solidago juncea, Veronicastrum virginicum, Elymus canadensis, Sorghastrum nutans, Panicum virgatum. The Community Garden participants continued to maintain their pollinator display entrance garden. The Friends of Wellesley Pond continued to maintain the naturalized butterfly garden as the native perennials & grasses installed in 2017 continued to expand. Several yards of composted mulch was purchased & stored at the Community Garden for use in future township pollinator gardens.

WTHS revamped the Schmidtsville circle by dividing over grown perennials, editing out extra grasses & shrubs, adding new pollinator friendly perennials & annuals. WTHS consulted with the township to include some pollinator friendly annuals in the planter boxes & hanging baskets.

May 2020
Bee City Wellesley

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