Cascadia Society members plant gardens as part of pollinator project

Plants will attract wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees

Members of the Cascadia Society have been busy digging, plowing and planting in order help pollinators find a little food and shelter.

Along with help from their community, families and neighbours, Cascadia Society members have planted a series of small garden patches along the boulevards at West 21 Street and Mahon Avenue in North Vancouver.

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The initiative was part of the Butterflyway Project, a community-led movement started by the David Suzuki Foundation which encourages people to bring a little nature to their neighbourhoods in order to provide a welcome habitat for essential wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

The plants were grown earlier this year, with participants planting and tending to the small gardens during the week, according to the Cascadia Society

The non-profit Cascadia Society bills itself as a “life-sharing community that includes adults with special needs” that provides cultural, artistic and therapeutic experiences for members on the North Shore.

The Butterflyway Project began in five Canadian cities in 2017 and has since expanded to more than 100 communities, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.

One of the first such projects in North Vancouver occurred in 2018, when local gardeners created a corridor of flower patches to attract pollinators in the alley behind Bournemouth Crescent in what was deemed an official “butterflyway lane.”


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