Awarded to: Gillian Barnes, City of Peterborough
Manager of Facilities and Planning Initiatives at City of Peterborough accepts the Conservation Partnership Award.
Otonabee Conservation has recently worked with Gillian on several projects that have enhanced habitat, increased biodiversity, showcased sustainable practices, and helped to mitigate climate change.
Gillian was supportive of the partnership between Otonabee Conservation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Brock Mission to include the planting of over 300 native trees and shrubs on the site of the new shelter to offer a safe outdoor space for residents and increase greenspace in the City of Peterborough.
Gillian has been deeply involved in the upgrades at the Beavermead Campground, which is owned by City of Peterborough and operated by Otonabee Conservation.
Recently at Beavermead Campground, Gillian managed two construction projects: a new fully accessible comfort station and sustainability built mass timber gatehouse, which is a natural, renewable and sustainable building material providing a low carbon footprint and aligning with the City’s climate action plan.
Gillian was always considerate to include Otonabee Conservation staff feedback and requirements into the design and construction of these projects and involved staff as part of the project team during the infrastructure projects.
After the gatehouse construction completion, Gillian reached out to collaborate with Otonabee Conservation to facilitate the use of native plants for landscaping around the new building. The project was completed in October 2022 and included the installation of a rain garden and a native plant garden at the Beavermead Gatehouse. The designs for both gardens were created by Otonabee Conservation with support from GreenUP and installed with the help of students from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Youth Leadership and Sustainability Program.
Gillian was supportive of incorporating techniques to capture runoff by building the rain garden, which was designed to capture runoff from the roof of the new gatehouse, which is then temporarily stored in the garden during a storm event and slowly drains away reducing flooding, filtering pollutants, and channelling runoff into the ground.
This garden is now a demonstration site at the campground for an average of over 17,000 campers who visit each season, to showcase sustainable landscaping techniques and to enhance habitat with over 100 native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers that also increase biodiversity in the City of Peterborough.
The Beavermead Gatehouse Garden Project also enabled students from the local Youth Leadership and Sustainability class to assist, providing hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Gillian Barnes has managed projects in partnership with Otonabee Conservation that clearly facilitate and demonstrate the City of Peterborough’s commitment to enhance local sustainability and support community efforts to adopt sustainable practices.
We look forward to continued collaborations that will support the shared mission of conserving, protecting, and enhancing a healthy, natural environment in the Otonabee Region watershed.