Shrewsbury Girl Scouts build new pollinator garden

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Parents and Girl Scouts pose for a photo with the new Lake Street Park pollinator garden in Shrewsbury. Front left to right: parent volunteer Yan Wang, troop leader Aruna R. Tikaare, cadette scouts Meena Lakshmanan, Shruti Sivashankar, Amy He, Aarya Patel and Troop leader Nima Patel. Back left to right: parent volunteers Sivashankar Sivakollundu and Srividhya Lakshmanan. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

SHREWSBURY – Shrewsbury’s Lake Street park has a new pollinator garden near its prominent storywalk and trailheads. 

The garden is the work of Girl Scout Troop 30930, which collaborated with town officials to plan the project as part of their Silver Award process. 

Cadette Scouts involved in the project include Meena Lakshmanan, Shruti Sivashankar, Amy He and Aarya Patel. Several parents have also supported this work.

Girl Scouts plan garden

Beginning their efforts last fall, Girl Scouts met with Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation officials to discuss ideal locations for a new pollinator garden, which is designed to support crucial pollinator species. 

They ultimately landed on the Lake Street Park plot, later working with the Shrewsbury Garden Club to identify ideal native plants to populate the garden.

Girl Scouts then volunteered at the Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale earlier this year, receiving a separate donation of plants from the club.

“We’re getting the plants from the community and we’re giving back to the community,” Sivashankar said.

Girl Scouts build garden

Girl Scouts were on site at Lake Street Park late last month, first digging out their garden location before adding new soil and planting their native plants themselves. 

Girl Scouts have since assumed water and maintenance duties for the summer, though the garden is designed to be largely self sustainable. 

Lake Street Park is located off Lake Street in Shrewsbury, adjacent to SAC Park. The pollinator garden is located at the end of the Lake Street Park driveway.

Troop 30930 further plans to release a website soon, educating community members about the pollinator garden.

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