The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is partnering with Future 5 and the City of Stamford to create a pollinator garden within Heritage Park, behind Old Town Hall.

The goal is for the proposed garden to help combat the sharp reduction of the state and region’s bee population, as well as other pollinating species such as butterflies and hummingbirds. This dramatic reduction in the pollinator population has resulted in a loss of colorful, flowering plants native to Stamford. This garden will be the first of many pollinator pathway gardens planned in the City of Stamford.

Work on the garden began on August 6. Future 5 will adopt the garden for care and maintenance.

This project is part of the larger Pollinator Pathway project. The Pollinator Pathway is the vision of stakeholders from over 30 municipalities, located throughout western Connecticut and Westchester County, who work together to create a pollinator-friendly habitat and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife along a series of continuous corridors. Most native bees have a range of about 750 meters, so the goal is to connect properties that are no farther apart than that distance.

This project began in 2017 in Wilton. Since then, pathways have been established in over 75 towns in CT and NY and the list keeps growing.

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