Pollinator Plants Restoration Project in Toronto

April 1, 2011 – March 31, 2014

The Pollinator Plants Restoration Project engages community groups, schools and faith groups in the restoration of pollinator habitat through wildflower planting, community gardens and education.

Achievements so far:

  • Planted 5,200 native wildflowers in Morningside Park
  • Planted 600 trees and flowering shrubs in Morningside Park
  • Installed a Pollinator Garden (1100 native wildflowers) at the Salvation Army Agincourt Community Church and at St. Bede’s School (1000 native wildflowers)
  • Converted approximately 1.5 ha of land from turf grass to native pollinator habitat
  • Provided 10 gardens with bee condos
  • Hosted a Gardening with Native Plants workshop for the public
  • Hosted a Creating a Community Garden at your Place of Worship workshop
  • Hosted Creating a Butterfly Garden at your School Workshop

In total, over 1,725 people have volunteered their time to make the pollinator plant restoration project a success!

This project is being undertaken thanks to the financial support of:

Environment Canada

Highland Greening Project

Connect with the Creek
Visit Connect with the Creek for up-to-date information about activities, projects, and events within the Highland Creek watershed.

Highland Creek Green Team

The Highland Creek Green Team, a collective of passionate Highland community members, is taking the Greening Plans and putting them into action on the ground – actively addressing key issues that impact the health of the Highland including urban stormwater runoff and the loss of natural features.

With the involvement of homeowners, apartment residents, school groups, college students, and other special interest groups, the Highland Creek Green Team is learning and informing others about local environmental issues and are building capacity to effect change at home, school, in parks, and other sites around their neighbourhoods.

Are you interested in the initiatives identified in the Greening Plans? Do you want to help make a difference in your neighbourhood? Take action and get involved with the Highland Creek Green Team! Join us at the next Green Team event!

Subscribe to the Highland Creek Green Team volunteer mailing list to receive monthly updates about project planning and volunteer opportunities.

Take Action!

  • Take action right in your back yard!  TRCA’s Healthy Yards Program provides residents with the inspiration, information and tools required to create naturally beautiful lawns and gardens.
  • LEAF’s backyard tree program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost.
  • Install a rain barrel to capture and reuse water in your yard.  Save water and money on your water bill.
  • Disconnect your downspout to reduce the amount of water flowing directly to the storm sewer system.  Contact the City of Toronto for more information and learn more with the Do It Yourself guide.
  • Check out the Resources page for more information.

Pollinator Meadowscape Project in Ajax

This project aims to link natural spaces, specifically meadows, with pollinators and community gardens.  We plan to engage the community in planting projects that couple native wildflower meadows with existing food producing gardens.  We will offer a suite of planting events, educational workshops and environmental activities that demonstrate the role of pollinators and their link to our food sources and the environment.

Three year project deliverables will include:

  • one meadow restoration
  • two community demonstrations gardens, and
  • a minimum of 22 pollinator habitat installations.

These three components will provide habitat to important pollinator species, and help to educate the public and reinforce why meadows, native plants and pollinators are important to our livelihoods.

Toronto and Region Conservation was successful in securing $88,000 over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in April 2013.  To ensure a successful project, we engaged the following experienced collaborative partners: