Pollinate Collingwood was started in 2020 as a grassroots initiative to plant pollinator gardens around town and provide education about native plants and pollinators such as bees, butterflies and wasps.
We got accepted into the David Suzuki Butterflyway Program, and planted 15 gardens around town. Jess Lehr funded these gardens to get the Pollinate Collingwood initiative started - we love her!
We also set up 9 schools with native plants to build their own pollinator gardens, which was funded by the David Suzuki Foundation.
In 2021, we worked with the Town of Collingwood to apply as
Bee City and we were accepted! Becoming a Bee City brings a
commitment to the Town and the residents to be ecological stewards
of our local spaces. Bringing more native plants to our landscapes,
less pesticides and education to our youth, residents, businesses and
organizations helps bees and other native pollinators source their
nutrition and provide their habitat. In turn this helps sustainable food
systems for our community, limits impacts from climate change and
creates a community that works together to support the Town of
Collingwood’s movement to create an ecologically and socially
Check out our application here
We were given a donation from Julie Di Lorenzo for wildflower seed packs in 2021. We will be handing out 275 seed packs to youth in the community this year!