Greenbelt staff presenting Friend of the Greenbelt certificate to students of Hampton Junior Public School. Artist Patty Bowman Kingsley (r) led guided the creation of the impressive mural.
On Wednesday May 18 we had the privilege of awarding the students of Hampton Junior Public School in Clarington a Friends of the Greenbelt certificate to celebrate the completion of their colourful and vibrant Greenbelt-inspired mural.
Commissioned by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and led by talented mural artist Patty Bowman Kingsley, the completed mural depicts natural wildlife and water features.
With Patty's guidance all 175 students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 got a chance to express themselves through art, while learning about importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Many students were even inspired to write about the scene they created - stories we got to hear at the award reception!
See below for pictures and videos! All photos courtesy of Patty Bowman Kingsley.Read more
Growers plant asian pears, stellar peaches, and new varieties across Niagara with investment from Greenbelt Foundation
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May 24, 2016
GROWERS PLANT ASIAN PEARS, STELLAR PEACHES, AND NEW VARIETIES ACROSS NIAGARA WITH INVESTMENT FROM GREENBELT FOUNDATION
New and exciting varieties of fruit trees meet growing demand for Ontario-Grown tender fruit
A pilot project spearheaded by the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is supporting dozens of growers to plant over 111,000 trees to bolster Niagara’s thriving tender fruit industry. Participating growers began planting this spring, with more trees to be planted in the fall.Read more
Photo Credit: Michael Manet
Ontario is fortunate to have a landscape and ecology that sustains us with soil to grow our food, with forests to clean our air, and with rugged wilderness to explore. In the Canadian tradition, the land shapes our childhoods, supports our economy and represents our future. The Greenbelt is part of this heritage, building connections between those who grow our food and act as stewards of the land, and those who live in cities nearby.
I am pleased that the Province’s recent announcement on the Land Use Planning Review recognized the value of compact complete communities and green landscape, with recommendations to protect clean water and agriculture, to contain sprawl, and to grow the Greenbelt.Read more
Grantee Spotlight is a blog series highlighting the experiences and successes of the Foundation’s grantees, as they work with communities and other Greenbelt partners to keep our province’s farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable for future generations.
First proposed more than 60 years ago, the enduring vision of connected and protected trail along the Credit River is becoming a reality. This past September, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to support the creation of the Credit Valley Trail Master Plan.
The grant supports Credit Valley Conservation and the Credit Valley Heritage Society as they work towards the creation Master Plan by 2017 and a fully actualized 110-kilometre hiking trail within the next 10-15 years! It might seem like a long-time to wait, but there are lots of important milestones to celebrate along the way.
Read project-lead Susan Robertson’s latest Credit Valley Trail (CVT) update to get the inside scoop on this visionary project (see Susan's earlier update here).
Port Credit, Mississauga
If you’ve been following the conversations around the review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans you’ve almost certainly heard about the importance of "smart growth", "intensification", and "compact communities".
But what do these terms really mean? And what would smart growth mean in practice?Read more
Ungalli, a Canadian clothing brand that creates apparel from recycled materials, is donating 20% of all Earth Week (April 18-24) online sales to support the work we do here at the Foundation.
When Ungalli first approached us with the idea we knew we had to find out more about what this small Thunder Bay based company was all about.
Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt.
What do you get when you mix the natural beauty of the Greenbelt, the imagination of a local artist, and the hard work and creativity of students, staff, and teachers? Three new Greenbelt murals in Durham's public schools!
Since 2012, The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with artists and communities across the Golden Horseshoe to bring a little Greenbelt into public schools and outdoor spaces.
Our latest mural partnerships have taken us into Durham schools. The students not only get to participate in the mural-creating process, they get to learn about the Greenbelt's value, and liven up their school hallways, all at the same time.
Now that the first set of murals are complete, we're excited to share the incredible results with you all. See below for pictures!Read more
Growing our Greenbelt is a blog series focusing on "areas of critical ecological and hydrological significance" recently flagged by more than 100 environmental and community group as requiring Greenbelt protection. Over the next several months, we'll be highlighting the headwaters, ground water recharge areas, surface water features and urban river valleys that, if added to the Greenbelt Plan, would be part of protected and connected clean water system.
Want to see your Greenbelt grow? Follow our series and use #GrowOurGB on social media to join the movement!
Did you know….
Significant portions of the headwater catchment area for the Humber River are not currently protected under the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Plans?
But here’s the good news, more than 100 community and environmental groups are recommending that the provincial government fix this protection gap before we lose these critical headwater areas to the pressures of urbanization.
It’s all part of a recently released "Bluebelt" proposal that calls for a 1.5 million acre Greenbelt expansion into Ontario's sensitive water systems (Find out more about the proposal here).
The “Bluebelt” proposal identifies three specific Humber River headwater catchment areas in Peel and York vulnerable to urban development. These areas, circled on the map above, are adjacent to and surrounded by Greenbelt protected lands.Read more
The U.S. Republican primary election is the best entertainment in town. The extreme statements by Donald Trump provide media fodder that is reminiscent of those by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. The fighting on debate stages is better than any reality TV show. And now GOP elders entertain us with colourful language about the front runner.
But what's really interesting is the commonality between the rise of the unexpected candidates in both parties. Before you think me as crazy as the Donald, hear me out.
On the Democratic Party side, there is Bernie Sanders saying the other candidate is owned by Wall Street and its millions of donation dollars. Sanders is financing his campaign with small donations.That message is playing well for him and has propelled him as a serious threat to Clinton. Young people in particular like that message.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump often reminds his audiences that his campaign is self-financed and that his opponents are in the pockets of lobbyists. That makes him appealing to a large portion of his supporters.
So on both sides of the aisle American voters have tired of the influence of corporate donations. They believe them to be too dominant.Read more
February 28, 2016 marks 11 years since the Greenbelt Act established the largest greenbelt in the world.
A lot has happened since, and at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we’re fortunate to be a part of it.
The tireless efforts of our friends, partners, and grantees over the last 11 years have shown Ontarians that the Greenbelt is one of the most important contributions to the future of the province and has ensured that the Greenbelt is a great place to live, work, play and grow.
And here’s the best part – after 11 great years, there’s still more to come!
In honour of 11 years of the Greenbelt, here are the top 11 things we’re looking forward to in the years ahead.
- A greener, more robust Greenbelt
- An opportunity to grow our Greenbelt
- An 110-km Credit Valley Trail
- More varieties of Tender Fruit
- More Cycling Infrastructure
- A growing local food sector
- Improving the Greenbelt’s ecological health
- Preparing for climate change
- Partnerships and knowledge-sharing with Ontario’s planners
- Leveraging green infrastructure and natural capital in Ontario’s Greenbelt
- The voices and innovation of Greenbelt youth