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Operation Pollinator is a global initiative from Syngenta that aims to counteract pollinator diversity decline, by supporting the development of pollinator habitats in a variety of commercial landscapes through partnerships with key stakeholders. Pollinating insects are crucial for the success of many natural habitats and the production of many food crops. Operation Pollinator aims to provide essential habitat to boost the numbers of pollinating insects, enhance overall biodiversity and support environmental stewardship.

In Australia, we are excited to be partnering with Kate Torgersen from Environmental Golf Solutions to run a pilot project, initially work with 3 golf courses, to establish and manage pollen and nectar rich wildflower areas that will provide essential food resources and nesting habitat for pollinators, including native bees, butterflies and other insects.  

Thank you for all the interest in this project. We look forward to moving to the next phase. The EOI form is now closed.

The project will require commitment from your course and team in terms of time to follow-up and maintenance of the site but we will work with you to do the following:

  • identify suitable areas to be established as pollinator plots
  • discuss appropriate site preparation techniques
  • compose an appropriate list of plants
  • connect you with local indigenous nurseries and organize all plant orders
  • provide works timeline for site preparation, planting and aftercare
  • create a WhatsApp support group which can be used to ask questions or share information/pictures

Golf Courses and amenity areas can play an important role by following a few simple actions to protect our bees and butterflies. Some of the ways golf courses can improve habitats for pollinators is by growing more nectar and pollen rich flowers, shrubs and trees, leaving patches of land to grow wild, cutting grass less often, avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects and using pesticides responsibly.