In a year of challenge and change, the environment continued to be a top priority for Richmond Hill Council and our community in 2020. Through the City’s award-winning environmental programs, we continued our work together to protect, enhance and restore our local natural environment.
With health and safety protocols in place to protect participants and the community, we saw great success, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights include:
· Partnering with local schools, businesses and community groups to plant 8,800 trees and shrubs and restore 5 hectares of land in parks and natural areas through the Community Stewardship Program
· Distributing 915 trees and shrubs, 2,350 wildflowers, 350 rain barrels and 300 backyard composters purchased by residents for their own property at an affordable cost through the annual Healthy Yards Program
· Giving out 200 free Monarch-friendly plant kits to residents to help restore butterfly habitat by planting a pollinator garden on their property
· Providing residents opportunities to grow nutritious food, learn about growing native plants, meet new people and engage in healthy outdoor activity through our eight community gardens. The City is currently accepting applications for collective gardens, which are run and maintained by community groups and/or organizations.
Special thanks to our partners at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), Ontario Streams, York Region and community volunteers for helping to care for our natural environment.
Learn more about Richmond Hill’s green initiatives and how you can get involved at RichmondHill.ca/Environment.