Kurrajong Village will be a hive of activity linking pollinators with food production at Kurrajong-A-Buzz on Sunday, 19 November 2017, from 10am to 2pm, to celebrate pollinator week. This free family event is being organised by Kurrajong Community Forum and Hawkesbury City Council is a proud sponsor of the event.
Pollinators drive biodiversity, and over 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on insect pollinators to reproduce. Pollinators provide these important ecosystem services and the Kurrajong-A-Buzz organisers believe that the Hawkesbury’s finest features – gardens, farmlands, waterways and bushland, are ideal for creating an environment that supports a range of these vital insects.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, said that each year this event promotes the importance of pollinators in a way that is fun and educational and there will be activities, stalls and information for all ages, as well as a fundraising BBQ.
“Everyone can do their bit to help nature, even if they just plant some flowers, trees or plants that insects and birds can pollinate,” the Mayor said.
“This event will also be a great way for people of all ages to learn about how to create a pollinator paradise by maintaining a welcoming environment for birds and insects. It is wonderful to see Kurrajong Community Forum creating such a fun learning environment.”
Native plants supplied by Hawkesbury Community Nursery and exotic plants that attract pollinators will be available for purchase. Honey producers and stalls will be set up along the business strip to tempt visitors to make a special purchase.
Kurrajong-a-Buzz welcomes the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah this year, which will be entertaining and educating visitors with speakers, activities and games around pollination and other plant-animal interactions.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah has also arranged for Dr Megan Halcroft, the original initiator of Pollinator Week in Australia, to speak on the importance of pollinators and native bees. Dr Halcroft’s free presentation will be held at Memorial Park in Kurrajong from 11:15am.
Attendees are invited to visit the ‘Buzz Zone’ at Memorial Park where farmers, environmental educators and native bee enthusiasts will be available to answer questions. A Pollinator Passport will entice visitors to learn about pollination, finishing with a planting activity and the chance to win prizes.
The ‘Challenge Zone’ in the village will be the place to challenge the brain with pollinator themed free activities and the chance to win prizes. For children, the ‘Kids Zone’ will have bug themed activities including dress ups and face painting.
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