FRAMINGHAM – The Sudbury Valley Trustees recently initiated a project to bring together the City of Framingham Parks, its Parks & Recreation department, and Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest to attract more pollinators, like butterflies, to the Farm Pond Park on Dudley Road in the City.
Paige Dolci, who is serving with Sudbury Valley Trustees as Land Stewardship Coordinator, through Massachusetts’ TerraCorps year of service program, created the plan for a
garden focused on plants that provide food and living habitat for pollinators like butterflies, birds, and other insects.
The New England Wildflower Society in Framingham recommended the garden design and plant choices for the 144 square foot plot.
Guided by Dolci, a crew of adult and youth volunteer pairs from Big Brothers Big Sisters helped prepare the bed and planted 50 plugs of native plants, such as goldenrod, red columbine, and wild bergamot. These plants provide good habitat for a variety of pollinators. A healthy, diverse population of wild, native pollinators is key to growing fruits, vegetables, and other plants in our food supply.
The garden is located on at the Farm Pond Park on Dudley Road in Framingham near the new pedestrian bike path.
According to Linda Libby of Framingham, “Many people use all areas of the park lands off Dudley Road and many walk from downtown areas. It is about a mile and a half from downtown.”
Libby descibes the path as “very accessible as it is paved” and there are sidewalks and crosswalks that will allow patrons to access the path.”
Plans are for a high visibility crossing at the corner of Dudley Road and Mt. Wayte, with sidewalks leading into both Framingham Center and downtown.
The City of Framingham will maintain the garden plot.
This fall, the City will seek volunteers through the Big Brothers Big Sisters, who are interested in helping with the ongoing maintenance tasks, such as watering and weeding.
Sudbury Valley Trustees is a non-profit regional land trust protecting and caring for land in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest is a mentoring network has supported children through individualized mentoring programs, and matching “bigs” and “littles” for over 50 years.