The West Haven Pollinator Pathway has begun our second season in 2022 with another 50/50 match grant from Sustainable CT.
Open space brings neighbors together for recreation and relaxation as we learn about the importance of perennial pollinators supporting our environment.
Neighbors prepare sites, then install and support perennial native plants that will spread, seed and attract more pollinators, year after year, instead of replanting annuals that only live one season.
Hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, bees, and wasps are essential to our environment and our food supply, not to mention they support the propagation of flowers and other plants. Native plants also support caterpillars which provide food to migrating birds.
Pollinator Pathway West Haven is increasing the biomass of perennial pollinator plants in West Haven CT as part of a commitment to education, sustainability, quality of life, and community building.
In our first year your West Haven team identified new sites after installing over 1000 perennial plants at Sandy Point, Brett Watt Park, Marginal Drive, South Street, Lake Street, Abbott Park, and Bradley Point in September 2021.
We hope our Marginal Drive site will connect members of likeminded groups in New Haven as well, since we all recognize our open space assets are community anchor values. More people recognize the planned value of quality outdoor recreation life spaces and open space conservation in perpetuity.
In April 2021 We received a commitment from our municipal partners in Public Works to build new installations at Contact Park and the Ora Mason Library baseball Field. We have prepared and established about 2000 sqft at Contact Park. The 2400 sqft. Ora Mason Pollinator Garden (on top of the center field hillside) was covered with cardboard and some woodchips.
In May 2021 volunteers installed 46 bare roots shrubs (shoots about 2 feet tall), 22 at Hubbard Farms, with others at the Boardwalk and Main Library.
Longer goals include a greenhouse and seed propagation program by students in our public schools or local universities.
Possible New sites may include Third Ave, Blohm Street, Helm Street or something in your neighborhood or yard. Installation in parks and open space are great in a southern facing exposure as well. Sites close to traffic are not ideal.
The project’s organizer David Carr is calling on our amazing community to join this initiative by following us on Facebook and volunteering to help, maintain or create an installation.
We now have a 50/50 match $10,000 Grant crowdfunding opportunity for 2022, and twenty people committed to helping with the project in immediate proximity of the installations, as we hope to install 3500-4000 2 inch live perennial plugs. Metal Signs are available to purchase for $5 each.
Open space and neighbors work together as people install native plants that will support pollinators in our community. Pollinators are essential to our environment and our food supply, not to mention they support the propagation of flowers and other plants. Native plants also support caterpillars which provide food to migrating birds.
The West Haven Pollinator Pathway will help our community increase the biomass of native perennial plants that support pollinators/
To learn more call David Carr at 203-877 2704 extension 400826.
Or visit our Facebook page West Haven Pollinator Pathway. @pollinatorpathway06516