Kurrajong Village will be a hive of activity linking pollinators with food production at Kurrajong-a-Buzz on Sunday, 10 November 2019 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. There will be activities, stalls and information for all ages, as well as a fundraising BBQ.
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 Barry Calvert, said that each year this event promotes the importance of pollinators in a way that is educational and fun.
“We can all help nature, even if we just plant some flowers, trees or plants that insects and birds can pollinate,” the Mayor said.
“This event will be a great way to discover how to easily create a pollinator paradise by maintaining a welcoming environment for birds and insects.”
There are many kinds of pollinators and the displays will enlighten visitors on the range of insects that are found in local gardens and bushland, including native bees.
To create pollinator homes in gardens, the Mate’s Shed from North West Disability Service will have available for sale their Insect Hotels.
There will be amateur honey producers, pollinator specialists from Western Sydney University Hawkesbury and farming representatives on hand to promote the importance of pollinators for food production and food security.
Attracting pollinators to gardens will be made easy with the Secret Garden and Nursery selling a range of plants including long-flowering salvias. Jutta Hamilton, Community Nursery Coordinator from Hawkesbury City Council will be on hand with native plants and advice on creating a healthy environment for attracting beneficial insects. Council grown plants will be available for a gold coin donation.
Host of the Bushcare stall, Martin Gauci, the Community Bushcare Officer from Hawkesbury City Council will provide information on Indian Myna control with Hawkesbury Men’s shed displaying their Indian Myna bird traps and nesting boxes.
The gardens of village shop Carey and Co will be set up as a special ‘Kids Zone’, with pollinator themed crosswords and assorted challenges. Glossodia Scouts will host the children’s activities with support and sponsorship from the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.
The CWA Hall will be the place to engage with butterflies in the butterfly tent and buy bee and butterfly themed goodies. The Kurrajong-Comleroy Historical Society photographic display is always a popular stop off. Visitors wanting to learn more about the science of pollination and native bees will get their opportunity in the hall.
The Pollinator Poster competition entries will enhance the walls of the CWA hall, showcasing local primary school students’ knowledge on the link between pollinators, food, people and the environment. Visitors will also have the chance to vote for their favourite poster, with all entries moving to the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens to be displayed for Australian Pollinator Week.
This family friendly event is being run by the Kurrajong Community Forum with funding assistance from Hawkesbury City Council. For the latest updates, follow the Kurrajong-a-Buzz facebook page.
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