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Pollinator Week marked in Timmins

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Next week is Pollinator Week, and as a Bee City, there’s a kick-off on Sunday between 11:00am and 4:00pm at Gillies Lake.

The city’s environmental coordinator, Christina Beaton, says there are several activities and giveaways planned. Beaton says it’s important to protect pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats and birds because without them, we wouldn’t have a lot of the food we eat.

“As a Bee City, the protection of our pollinators and the sustainability of our community is important to us and so celebrating them and protecting them is one of our mandates,” she states.

Even small mammals can be indirect pollinators.  They run up against a plant and unknowlingly pick up pollen, which they later transfer to another plant.

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Details on Sunday’s event are at www.timmins.ca. That’s where you can also find advice on creating a pollinator-friendly garden.

“It can be costly and so making sure that you’re getting the right plants that are going to work in our climate,” says Beaton.  so that you’re not spending the extra money and then you’re disappointed next year when those perennials don’t come back because they don’t work in our climate.”

A master gardener will also be at Gillies on Sunday, to answer your questions

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