Local Brownies teamed up with Carla Glessing (left) and Mary Forbes (right) of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society to celebrate Earth Day by painting signs/stakes to launch the city’s Golden Lawns campaign. The stakes are planted on lawns that are pesticide and herbicide free and watered by nature.

Local Brownies teamed up with Carla Glessing (left) and Mary Forbes (right) of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society to celebrate Earth Day by painting signs/stakes to launch the city’s Golden Lawns campaign. The stakes are planted on lawns that are pesticide and herbicide free and watered by nature.

Golden Lawns designed to protect aquifer

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is hoping city residents will follow their lead and let their lawns go golden this summer.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is hoping city residents will follow their lead and let their lawns go golden this summer.

“The Golden Lawns Campaign encourages city residents to let their lawns go golden and natural,” says Carla Glessing, the society’s water and waste wise programs community liaison.

People participating in the program will have green lawns when Mother Nature waters them (when it rains) and golden lawns when the weather gets hot and dry, Glessing says.

Residents are also encouraged to not use chemical herbicides or pesticides.

There are many natural alternatives to chemicals, she says.

“Natural lawns protect our rivers and streams from pollution and protect the city’s groundwater aquifer by conserving precious drinking water,” Glessing says.

Working with volunteers the conservation society has creative wooden signs for people participating in the program to put on their lawns.

Volunteer Pat Teti cut out the wooden signs in the shapes of honey bees, salmon and salamanders. Then on Earth Day, conservation society staff worked with a Brownie group to paint the signs in bright colours.

Lisa Young has provided some pictures) and enjoyed having the girls paint the signs.

“We also had a group of Guides paint more signs the following evening,” Glessing says. “The signs look wonderful, the girls did a beautiful job of painting and each sign is a unique creation.”

The signs are available to city residents who have a Golden Lawn.

Those with Golden Lawns can pick up a sign and post it on their lawn.

“It is hoped that the signs will encourage their neighbours and friends to do the same,” Glessing says. “If people are interested in acquiring a sign they can contact the conservation society at 250-398-7929.

Also watch for the signs to be available for pick-up at city hall or the Cariboo Growers  in the near future.