It’s Official! Hungry Hollow SNAP Moves from Planning to Action

Two people holding plants in a box.

It takes a community to protect urban green space. The Hungry Hollow Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) is an exciting collaborative project led by CVC and the Town of Halton Hills. SNAP has been officially endorsed by Town of Halton Hills Council and CVC’s Board of Directors.

SNAP focuses on urban renewal and climate action at the neighbourhood scale. Residents, businesses, institutions and local partners come together to work on projects that boost community resilience, sustainability, health and well-being.

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Georgetown residents join Mayor Rick Bonnette, Regional Councillor Jane Fogal, Councillor Ann Lawlor, Councillor Moya Johnson, Councillor Wendy Farrow-Reed and CVC staff to discuss local natural gems during a neighbourhood walk (CVC, 2019).

The Hungry Hollow SNAP is the first plan of its kind for the Town of Halton Hills. It was created by the community for the community. It describes the shared vision and 28 priority actions for the Hungry Hollow ravine and Delrex neighbourhood in central Georgetown.

This action-oriented plan advances the Town of Halton Hills’ Climate Change Adaptation Plan and brings focus to the Credit River-Hungry Hollow Centre for Biodiversity while helping the community become more environmentally sustainable and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

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Residents discuss SNAP project with CVC Ecologist Joe Pearson at Hungry Hollow SNAP Open House in 2019.

Since 2017, over 400 residents, representatives from community groups and members of Town Council have collaborated with CVC’s Sustainable Neighbourhoods team to develop the Hungry Hollow SNAP Action Plan.

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Resident learn about local ecosystems and wildlife as part of a nature walk through Hungry Hollow ravine, 2017).

Important early actions have taken place in the Hungry Hollow SNAP neighbourhood in 2020 by both CVC and our partners, including:

  • CVC’s Butterfly Blitz:an annual summer-long citizen science program that aims to create a watershed-wide inventory of butterflies
  • Stewardship in Hungry Hollow Ravine – CVC staff monitored, watered and stewarded natural areas planted in 2019
  • CVC’s ‘Nature at Home’ – a Health and Wellness Webinar: engaging neighbourhood seniors
  • Butterflyway: an initiative led by local resident Katherine Shaw to increase the number of pollinator-friendly gardens throughout Halton Hills
  • The Rotary Club of Georgetown’s 2,020 Trees for 2020 Project: a large-scale public tree planting initiative in Hungry Hollow ravine
  • CVC’s Landscaping for Birds Webinar: a virtual workshop with follow-up residential tree planting
Three people planting a tree
Young local residents plant a native Red Cedar tree in their yard with the help of CVC staff, Sara Maedel, CVC 2020).

More exciting neighbourhood initiatives will take place in 2021. This work is dependent on local residents, schools, businesses and community groups continuing to work together.

Residents and community members can sign-up for Hungry Hollow Neighbourhood News to stay up-to-date about activities and events in the neighbourhood. Read the full plan.

By CVC’s Tooba Shakeel, Coordinator, Sustainable Neighbourhoods

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