uOttawa takes a fruitful leap forward

Student life
Health and wellness
Pear tree
Imagine this scenario: You are walking to SITE, and you come across a captivating sight—trees adorned with luscious, fully-grown apples. You pluck the ripe fruit from a branch and proceed on your way to work or class. Or perhaps you are strolling along the multi-use pathway and stop to grab a handful of fresh blueberries.

This vision has been planted in the uOttawa community’s future! This initiative is part of the “Act and Influence” commitment of the Nature Positive Pledge taken by the University this year. This means we're doing our part to address both the climate and biodiversity crises, build more resilient ecosystems, help nature recover, and limit climate change.

Volunteers planting fruit trees on campus

Pollinator hotspots

Our very first designated pollinator garden was created last year in partnership with Victoria Rose King, a dedicated volunteer, in front of Marion and STEM buildings. It features over 30 pollinator-friendly plants. We have continued adding to the list of hotspots this summer! Firstly, we have increased edible landscapes on campus with the addition of 4 pear trees, 6 apple trees, haskaps, and blueberries which were planted as part of Pollinator Week in June. We have also added several other pollinator areas near Marion and Annex. The pollinator hotspots are created to help attract and nourish insects while creating a thriving ecosystem that supports biodiversity and promotes sustainable environmental practices. 

The abundance of vibrant flowers in pollinator hotspots enriches the visual appeal of the surrounding landscape, infusing it with color, movement, and vitality.

Community building

Aside from being pollinator hotspots, fruit trees, and bushes can act as gathering points, bringing students and staff together. Harvesting and sharing these fruits can create a sense of community and promote social interactions. It encourages collaboration, cooperation, and a shared appreciation for the natural world.

Fruit trees on our university grounds provide additional benefits for students and staff ranging from improved nutrition and physical activity, to stress reduction, educational opportunities, and a stronger connection with nature.

We have big dreams of one day having a plentiful harvest of local fruits to share with our community and to provide pollinators with an urban habitat they can thrive in.

Green space campus map

Check out our new green space campus map which showcases pollinator areas, edible landscapes, and outdoor areas, that can be enjoyed by all.

Volunteers planting fruit trees on campus
Join the initiative!

“If you would like to be a part of the uOttawa team working to help preserve nature, we are always looking for more help!”

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