Given that this year was the Greenbelt’s 10th anniversary, this was an especially important Annual Report for us, because we had the opportunity to focus on what we've accomplished over the last decade. We also recognized what the Greenbelt Fund has achieved over the last five years in seeking to create sustained and systemic change to the food system.
Funding to support the development of a master plan for the Credit Valley Trail was announced on the Culham Trail near Credit Valley Conservation’s administration office in Mississauga, on September 11, 2015. Project lead Susan Robertson (far right) and Greenbelt Foundation Vice-President Susan Murray (sixth from the right) attended the announcement with local councillors and provincial politicians.
On September 11, 2015 the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Credit Valley Conversation announced a plan to develop a 110-kilometre hiking trail along the Credit River.
With a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, partnering with the Credit Valley Heritage Society, will bring to life a 60-year old vision of a connected pedestrian corridor. The new 110-km trail will allow walkers and cyclists to travel from the Credit River headwaters in Orangeville to the mouth of the river at Port Credit on Lake Ontario.
The full trail is expected to be finished in 10-15 years.
The first step is to engage members of the public in the four municipalities along the river to develop the preferred route, identify the cultural and natural highlights along the way, and assess land securement priorities.
To kick-start the process, we asked our Greenbelt Friends living along or near the proposed route to complete a short survey about what they’d like to see as part of the new Credit Valley Trail.
We received almost 200 responses!
Below, project-lead Susan Robertson gives us the scoop on what people want from the new Credit Valley Trail.Read more
Lyn MacMillan’s favourite landscape, the Niagara Escarpment.
The world needs more Lyns.
Lyn MacMillan recently passed away at 94 years old. A renowned environmentalist, she was a tenacious fighter for protection of the Niagara Escarpment. After moving to Canada from England when she was young, she was consistently involved in environmental efforts protecting the Escarpment from development.Read more
Making Sure the Right Uses Happen in the Right Places in Ontario’s Prime Agricultural Land
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance’s feedback session on OMAFRA's PPS Guidelines on Permitted Uses in Ontario's Prime Agricultural Areas attracted a crowd on March 20.
Hosting tourists at an on-farm bed and breakfast, making pies with farm apples, processing hops from neighbouring farms, and other “value-added” activities are an asset to rural communities and a treat for tourists, but understanding which of these activities are allowed where can be challenging for farmers, other rural land-owners, and municipal staff.Read more
Jane's Walk, Greenbelt Series
$22,000, 1 year
Jane’s Walk is a global urban engagement project in which walking tours, led by local volunteers, allow residents to connect, share and develop ideas to enhance their communities. Tens of thousands of people participate every year. This project pilots a 'Neighbourhood Connector' training series in Burlington and surrounding areas, with the goal of engaging 20 community leaders in holding conversations and telling stories about the Greenbelt, and inspiring up to 15 walking tours during the May 2015 Jane's Walk Festival.
Sparking a Successful 2015 Review through Youth Participation
$50,000 (18 months)
The project engages youth in grades 8-12 to learn about and appreciate the Greenbelt through Ecospark's water-monitoring program. The students’ findings will be presented in public forums held in York and Durham regions. A Youth Greenbelt Charter will be launched in the fall highlighting the rights of young people to live in healthy, sustainable communities, which the Greenbelt helps to provide. The project also encourages youth and schools in environmental action by hosting a “10 for 10” contest, which will award 10 schools $1,000 each to undertake innovative environmental projects.
Forests for the Future
$40,000 (9 months)
The project supports action on the Community Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Northern Bruce, to protect and restore the unique and rich diversity of the area's plant, fish and wildlife habitat through land and water conservation. Forests for the Future aims to restore forest connectivity in the Bruce Peninsula. A task-force will identify major sections of the local forest that have been fragmented over time and develop a strategy to restore these wildlife corridors. Local residents and politicians are engaged in restoration efforts, education activities and a community celebration of forests. The local community will highlight the importance of connectivity for maintaining healthy natural systems, during the 2015 Review of the Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt Plans.
2015: Conversations on Past and Future
$24,100 (1 year)
Private landowners control more than 90% of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. This project will engage 50 to 100 property owners on the Moraine through community mapping and informal discussions. This will improve understanding about the ecological importance of their lands, how land use planning has affected them, and encourage input into the 2015 Review of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Plans.
New Canadians Go Greenbelt!
$135,625 (2 year)
The project expands a previously Foundation-funded World Crop Learning Garden project to Hamilton, Markham and Brampton, where major ethnic populations reside. The project will also develop eight day-long travel itineraries for the ethnic audience that showcase the natural beauty, agrarian culture and award-winning wineries the Greenbelt has to offer. The project will further the reach into the ethnic communities as well through partners in community health centres and ESL programs.
$39,000 (1 year)
The project markets the tourism possibilities found in the Greenbelt to Ontario’s LGBTQ community. Via outreach efforts to LGBTQ groups in Toronto and throughout the Greenbelt, a getaway contest, participation in Pride Festivals and the creation of a float for the 2015 Toronto Pride Parade, Travel Gay Canada aims to showcase the diversity of Greenbelt’s landscape and people.