What’s happening at GMLC…..
We’re creating a sanctuary for birds, bees and butterflies on the old Newell Field at Sherman and County Line Roads
Many years ago a farmer plowed, planted and harvested hay in this field for his dairy cows. It was part of a small self-sustaining farm that in early settlement times was common throughout the Western Reserve. In 2014 GMLC preserved the 41-acre Newell Field and renamed it the Sherman Road Preserve. Over the next several years we will be embarking on a series of activities to create a sanctuary for native flora, birds, bees, and butterflies on the property. Some of the activities we are exploring include:
- Creating a 5-acre meadow with native fauna that will provide habitat for birds, butterflies, songbirds and other native wildlife, including migratory species, threatened by the loss of natural habitat.
- Restoring a headwater stream of the Chagrin River on the eastern edge of the property in partnership with Chagrin River Watershed Partners.
- Placing blue birdhouses on the Preserve and working with a local honeybee keeper to relocate several hives to the property.
This fall we are partnering with the Garden Club and the Community Club to hold a fundraiser on October 21st with the proceeds benefiting the Sherman Road Preserve; watch the Pink Sheet for more details.
The stewardship of this property will be funded largely with private donations. If you are interested in participating by volunteering or donating please send us an email or visit our website.