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Posted on: October 13, 2023

Welcome to the Battle Hill Pollinator Habitat

Pollinator SPOTlight first draft (2)

The Battle Hill Pollinator Habitat, located on Route 119 between Robertson Avenue and Chatterton Avenue, is the first of its kind in Westchester County.  Creating naturalized areas is exceedingly beneficial to the surrounding communities. The City of White Plains will continue to focus on identifying green initiatives and implementing them in an efficient and effective manner.  

Benefits of naturalized areas  include:  

  • climate resiliency: managing the negative effects of flooding;
  • ecological health: maintaining a healthy habitat for wildlife;
  • mental health: providing a respite for residents/visitors who desire a peaceful moment;
  • environmental health: the area will improve air and water; and
  • general beauty of the area: significantly enhanced for all of the surrounding residents

State funding was secured for this project by Assemblymember Burdick, $250,000; Senator Pete Harckham, $100,000 and Senator Shelley Mayer, $38,000.

Mayor Roach said "The rewilding of a former parking lot to create a pollinator habitat in the Battle Hill neighborhood is an extraordinary accomplishment.  The Battle Hill Pollinator Habitat now serves as a critical shelter and habitat for moths, butterflies, native bees, fireflies, beetles, and hummingbirds and provides a place of respite for our residents."

The Battle Hill Pollinator Habitat boasts an impressive array of native plants, most notably: redbud, constellation dogwood, paper birch, serviceberry, oakleaf hydrangea, highbush, blueberry, blue milkweed, butterfly weed, coneflower, new york aster, and many more.  It also includes a porous pathway made from 100% organic material: decomposed granite, limestone, and crushed stone, three birdhouses, and five benches for peaceful contemplation.  

  Please click on the links below to view photos and video of the City of White Plains Battle Hill Pollinator Habitat. ; # # # 

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