Is campus beauty chemical-free?


By Bruce Rhodes


Spring, 2005


I read with interest Paul Mayne's article about Western's winning its Communities in Bloom award. What the article did not address, however, was the extent to which, if at all, chemicals were used to achieve the award-winning results. If campus groundskeepers steered clear of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, if
leaves are composted in the autumn, and if rainfall satisfied most of the water requirements, then I extend my hearty congratulations to the
university. If, by contrast, campus aesthetics were attained through a golf course-style chemical dependency, then I hope that students, faculty and their families know enough to not sit on the lawn.

I trust that UWO has adopted, or will soon adopt, landscape management practices that are environmentally sustainable. Thankfully, there is a growing movement in Canada whose prescription for the maintenance of public spaces calls for nature to be allowed to run its course.