WALPOLE, N.H. — Residents in Surry, NH have a new public pollinator garden to enjoy this summer, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers and local community partners. The 4-acre field, located just north of the Surry Mountain Beach entrance on Route 12A, abuts the Army Corps recreation area at Surry Mountain Lake. The new garden will consist of a walking path with benches, informational signage about the project, and of course plenty of pollinator friendly plants, trees, and shrubs.
Surry Mountain Lake, a flood control project within the New England District, applied for Army Corps “Handshake funds” and approached local partners for help with this project. These funds, combined with funding from local Corps projects and their partners’ contributions, benefit the community by improving the environment and providing additional recreation opportunities. Additional funds are awarded for projects focused on pollinators and increasing pollinator habitat. Of the nine projects funded across the U.S. this year, the Surry Pollinator Project was the only New England District project approved and was awarded $19,000 to get started.
Though these funds were essential to purchase supplies, plants, mulch, and gravel, it is the in-kind support of local community partners that really helped bring this project to life. David Brooks of Brooks Construction Company provided time, equipment, and labor to construct the parking area and path. Local K-12 students at the Surry Village Charter School were also engaged throughout the entire life of this project so as to create a sense of ownership and connection to the space. Students took walking trips to the garden site to conduct pollinator research, develop plant recommendations, and designed a walking path with the guidance of Principal Ecologist, Jeff Littleton, of Moosewood Ecological LLC. Later this month, Jeff and the students will begin planting their selections in preparation for the grand opening of the garden on Saturday, June 16th.
When all is said and done this project, with all of its monetary expenses and in-kind donations, has been valued at $139,000! Of course there is also the priceless ecological value the 4-acre garden will provide, as well as the endless opportunities for outdoor learning that students will benefit from for years to come.
Join us for the Surry Pollinator Garden Opening Event on Saturday, June 16th from 10am-12pm. You’ll have opportunities to explore the garden space, engage with partners, and learn about how this project will grow over time. For questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-352-4130.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Lola Bobrowski at 603-756-2988 ext.115 or email at email@example.com
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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