WEST ELLICOTT – The vista at a senior living community in West Ellicott was recently improved thanks to the work of residents living at the location.
Residents at Heritage Ministers The Woodlands worked with members of The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy to improve a retention pond area at their location on Southwestern Drive.
With funding from a grant, the group purchase native plants, including shrubs and perennial grasses, that will attract wildlife, birds, and butterflies.
“We are so pleased to partner with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy to make The Woodlands pond more attractive for our residents, who spend time enjoying our water feature and the wildlife it brings to our community,” said Senior Housing Administrator, Rebecca LeBaron. “We appreciate the knowledge the CLWC has shared with us, and look forward to seeing more wildlife and birds make this area their home.”
“We thank them for the grant that provided native plantings and for the residents who helped today, and are also thankful to Jacob Sherman, who will work to provide continued service on this, and similar projects, as he works towards his Eagle Scout badge,” further LeBaron. “We are blessed to be able to provide safe and unique intergenerational opportunities such as these for our independent living residents to participate in vital community projects.”
As the plants mature, they will grow and fill in an area that is wet after rain.
Root systems aid in filtration, while blooming flowers will be eye catching and enjoyable for both Heritage residents at The Woodlands, and the public.