In 2018, the City of Brampton launched the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow initiative that focuses on converting select areas of public land covered by turf grass into pollinator habitats and meadows. This initiative will help beautify Brampton and make it a more healthy, resilient and environmentally sustainable City.
Pictures of turf grass (left), pollinator habitat (centre), and meadows (right).
What you need to know
The City is still mowing, we're just being more strategic about it. We have evaluated our mowing program and identified a number of strategic locations where it makes sense to eliminate mowing. Cutting, mowing and manicuring grass has high environmental and economic costs.
- It reduces biological diversity and habitat.
- It contributes to air and water pollution.
- It increases stormwater runoff.
- It decreases soil structure and quality.
- It costs taxpayers money.
- It requires a significant amount of fuel and labour.
Since 2018, the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow Program has converted approximately 28 hectares of turf grass into meadows and pollinator habitat. To view our existing No Mow Sites, visit our Natural Heritage Restoration Interactive Map and select the "No Mow Initiative" layer.
Benefits of Naturalization
The “No Mow” zones being naturalized result in various environmental, financial, and aesthetic benefits. For example, they support pollinators and wildlife, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help manage stormwater.
The Don’t Mow, Let it Grow initiative helps achieve the goals and targets of the City’s Grow Green Environmental Master Plan, and the Natural Heritage and Environmental Management Strategy.
Upcoming Community Open House: Dearbourne Pollinator Habitat
Join the City of Brampton for a community open house to talk about the Dearbourne Park Pollinator Habitat Pilot Project and learn how you can be involved at your local park. Details below.
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Time: Join any time between 7:00 to 8:30PM
Where: Earnscliffe Recreation Centre, 44 Eastbourne Dr, Brampton, ON L6T 2B2
Register here: https://DearbourneOpenHouse.eventbrite.ca
What to expect:
Learn about Brampton's Don't Mow Let It Grow initiative and what we heard from the community in August, 2022
Provide feedback on proposed planting and program plans
Learn ways that you can get involved
Light refreshments will be provided
Check out the FAQ section below for more information. For additional questions or concerns, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.