Pollinating insects are a vital part of the natural ecosystem. They are responsible for the successful pollination of a wide range of plants that provide essential food sources for birds and animals, as well as the pollination of many fruit, vegetable and oilseed food crops.
Brantford Golf and Country Club and Cutten Fields are the first two Canadian golf courses working with Syngenta Canada Inc. on a pilot project to transform out-of-play areas into improved habitats for bees and other pollinators. The program, named Operation Pollinator, is designed to boost the number of pollinating insects on golf courses.
Syngenta has provided participating golf courses with a custom-blended seed mix that includes native wildflowers. The golf course uses this seed and other management practices to create pollen and nectar-rich habitats in out-of-play areas.
Read more about the Brantford and Guelph pilot project.
Why Get Involved?
Wildflowers can provide a colourful visual enhancement for golf courses, particularly with native species selected to fit into the local environment. Operation Pollinator aims to provide a succession of flowering plants that provides a continual supply of pollen and nectar for pollinators through the season and gives an ever changing visual interest for players.
Read more about Operation Pollinator on golf courses