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le Mardi 12 juillet 2022 19:16 Tribune-Express (Hawkesbury)

Pollinator Patches in Champlain

Butterflyway volunteers are planting indigenous wildflowers in their own backyards.  — supplied photo
Butterflyway volunteers are planting indigenous wildflowers in their own backyards.
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The Champlain Township Public Library in association with the David Suzuki Foundation are planting garden patches with native wildflowers for bees and butterflies to find food and shelter.

The Butterflyway Project, launched by the David Suzuki Foundation in 2017, is a Canadian volunteer-led movement.

“The mission of this project is to grow pollinator patches in local areas with local flowers for pollinators to thrive” said Alicia Heinzle, children and youth librarian at the Champlain library and coordinator for the Butterflyway Project in Champlain.

The 31 volunteers in Champlain Township received toolkits and information on how to plant pollinator patches from the David Suzuki Foundation. The goal was to establish a dozen pollinator patches in Vankleek Hill and the surrounding areas. The Champlain Butterflyway Project received donations in seeds from Vankleek Hill Foodland and the local horticultural club helping them exceed this goal. This spring alone over 30 garden patches were planted

One garden can be found in front of the library on Main Street in Vankleek Hill. Another will be planted by schoolchildren at Curé-Labrosse Catholic Elementary School in St-Eugene.