Carleton Memorial United Church, in collaboration with Greening Sacred Spaces, Watersheds Canada, and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has committed to the restoration of Nesbitt Creek. With a threefold mission encompassing invasive species eradication, garbage cleanup, and native pollinator planting, our ongoing project strives to revitalize the creek’s ecosystem and promote environmental sustainability.

1. Eliminating Invasive Species: Recognizing the harmful impact of invasive plants on the local ecosystem, our collaborative team is dedicated to removing and managing species such as garlic mustard and buckthorn. Through targeted strategies and ongoing monitoring, we aim to restore the natural balance and biodiversity of Nesbitt Creek.

2. Cleaning Up Garbage: In addition to addressing invasive species, our project actively focuses on cleaning up the accumulated garbage around the creek. By organizing regular cleanup events and raising awareness about responsible waste disposal, we strive to create a cleaner and healthier environment for both wildlife and the community.

3. Planting Native Pollinators: To promote biodiversity and support vital ecological processes, our project places significant emphasis on planting native pollinators. By creating habitats that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, we aim to enhance the creek’s natural beauty while contributing to the overall health and sustainability of the ecosystem.

Our collaborative efforts extend beyond the immediate tasks at hand. Engaging the congregation and wider community, we encourage active participation and volunteer involvement in our ongoing project. We are aiming to foster a sense of collective responsibility and inspire individuals to become stewards of our environment within our immediate community.

As we press forward, our collective determination remains steadfast. Carleton Memorial United Church and our partners are dedicated to the ongoing restoration of Nesbitt Creek. We envision a future where invasive species are managed, the creek is free from litter, and vibrant native pollinators flourish. We still have some obstacles to overcome before the project is fully realized, but our partners are steadfastly committed to making this initiative a success!

We invite all members of the community to join us in this meaningful endeavor. Together, we can contribute to the restoration and preservation of Nesbitt Creek’s natural splendor. Whether through volunteering, spreading awareness, or implementing sustainable practices in our daily lives, each small action can make a significant difference.

We will be holding events for this initiative soon, so check back for updates!

Pictures captured by Greening Sacred Spaces Ottawa.