Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Bioretention Cell Planting 2012

Corporation/Institution Profile
The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga (UCM) is a non-creedal community of religious liberals.

Year Joined

Site Description
Located on former farmland a short distance from the lakeshore, UCM sits on well-draining sandy soil. A mix of mown grass, perennial gardens, mature trees and a large parking lot to the east covers the property.

Site Challenges

  • Invasive plant species
  • On-going site maintenance
  • Funding for projects

Proposed Projects

  • Enhance existing berm with pollinator species
  • Bioretention cell plantings
  • Treed buffer and understory plantings in front
  • Enhancing existing beds with native species
  • Vegetated swale
Unitarian Site Plans

Unitarian Site Plans

Projects Undertaken to Date


  • Site weeding and invasive garlic mustard solarization
  • Berm enhancement and bioretention cell construction and planting with native trees, shrubs and herbs
  • 24 trees, 95 shrubs, 613 herbaceous and fescue grass seed sown along edge of cell
  • 44 participants


  • Site weeding and mulching
  • Infill planting of bioretention cell
  • Spring: 177 herbs, 15 shrubs and 6 trees
  • Fall: 63 herbs, 30 shrubs and 5 trees
  • 8 participants

*UCM also holds maintenance events independent of CVC throughout the seasons.

Level Attained

Awards to Date
Friends of the Credit Conservation Award 2011

Bioretention Cell Construction - Photo Credit Taftler Rylett

Bioretention Cell Construction – Photo Credit Taftler Rylett



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