Oakville has one of the most biodiverse environments in Ontario with over 900 species of plants, 185 types of birds, 30 species of amphibians and reptiles, 29 mammals and 58 different kinds of fish. A number of these species are considered endangered and threatened. Threats to biodiversity include:

  • Habitat loss
  • Invasive species
  • Population growth
  • Pollution
  • Unsustainable use
  • Climate change

We all play a role in supporting the rich resources we have in our community. On September 24, 2018 Council approved the Oakville Strategy for Biodiversity (OSB) (pdf) to help staff, stakeholders and the public better understand and participate in supporting our natural assets. 

Anderson Bridge Parkette: A Garden for Life

The Anderson Bridge Parkette Garden for Life, at the corner of Rebecca and Forsythe streets, offers visitors the opportunity to experience a biodiverse garden and learn more about what benefits this can offer. Key elements making this space beneficial to our community include:

  • Water efficiency
  • Biodiversity
  • Pollinator friendly
  • Native species

Learn more about these topics by reading the educational signs at the park.

The 3,000 square foot Anderson Bridge Parkette, transformed by the Oakville Horticultural Society and a team of volunteers, has more than 40 native plant species. It also features a permeable pathway that allows water and air to move through, in turn reducing run-off and protecting the river below. Blooming from early spring to fall, the garden also supports many pollinators and provides food and shelter for wildlife. Once established the park requires no watering, fertilizing, or use of pesticides and gas powered equipment to maintain. A grand opening was held on September 15, 2012 to celebrate.

The Town of Oakville and OHS appreciate the support from volunteers, Halton Region, Fern Ridge Landscaping, David Hawley and Associates, and the Petrie Group for helping to establish the garden. Additional thanks go to Canon Canada, Whole Foods of Oakville, Henry’s, Mississauga Camera Club, Sunrise Senior Living, Genworth Financial, Hauser Canada, Royal Botanical Gardens and Edge Imaging for their support of the Freeman Patterson event and the OHS Sustainable Gardens Initiatives.

Oakville’s Garden for Life serves as a model for sustainable gardening throughout the community.

For details about the Anderson Bridge Parkette Garden for Life and sustainable gardening, you can also visit the Oakville Horticultural Society website.

For other ways you can support biodiversity, check out our environmental stewardship page, the green gardening page or join one of the many environmental community groups in Oakville

Learn more about biodiversity and what the Province of Ontario is doing by visiting the Ontario Biodiversity Council's website and Ontario's Biodiversity Strategy (pdf)

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