Pollinator Friendly Boulevards

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This project will establish pollinator gardens within boulevard spaces. It will include informational signage about the plight of pollinators along with a native seed box and the possibility of artwork following community consultation. The team will establish a toolkit and procure funding for community groups to create similar gardens throughout the city.

School:

UBC

Department:

Geography

Course:

Environment and Society (GEOG 410)

Instructors:

  • Loch Brown

City of Vancouver:

  • William Dunn

Student Team:

  • Dhruv Bhatia
  • Gillian Marshall
  • Ethan Elliott
  • Quentin Harel
  • Pateley Johnson
  • Lauren Kasowki

Term:

Fall 2023

Summary

The aim of this project is to revitalize boulevard spaces through the maintenance of a community-led pollinator garden. In a range of communities in Vancouver, many overlooked spaces present possibilities for gardening or environmental conservation initiatives. To address this issue, our team has generated many ideas and chosen a pollinator garden as the most beneficial initiative to all stakeholders, including residents, the environment, and future generations. How does this project work? Essentially, the initiatives from this project will include planting native species, installing a native seed box, and incorporating educational signage to address the issues confronting pollinators. To facilitate this, we are planning on developing a toolkit empowering individuals to engage in the upkeep of their local gardens. Implementing such a garden would enhance the aesthetics of the boulevards, and residents would be more inclined to participate in its maintenance. This project would provide the local environment with increased biodiversity by attracting various pollinators, it would also ensure the growth and sustainability of local plants as pollinators play a crucial role in the reproduction of flowering plants, and it would contribute to the overall vitality of the ecosystem. Additionally, such a garden would serve as an educational resource to the future generations, highlighting the importance of pollinators and environmental stewardship within a community. Throughout this project, our group noticed that maintenance challenges may arise during the implementation of the garden. These challenges include encouraging ongoing community participation for the maintenance of the garden, and ensuring the proper care of diverse plant species to support pollinators that may require expertise. To cope with these challenges, we recommend establishing community gardening programs where residents can volunteer their time and contribute to the maintenance of the garden. To recognize the volunteers’ efforts and to incentivize residents, we suggest presenting public acknowledgments or certificates. As such, to guarantee the proper care of various plant species, we recommend working with local horticulturists, botanists, or gardening experts who can offer guidance on the specific care needs of the plant species in the garden.

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