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Nature Preserve Committee Wins Land Ethics Award

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve held its 18th Annual Land Ethics Symposium at Delaware Valley University on March 15, 2018. This symposium is an event dedicated to the sharing of best practices and new ideas to conserve our native landscape. The highlight of this event is the presentation of the Land Ethics Award, which honors the creative use of native plants in the landscape and ethical land management practices. Individuals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, community groups, and business professionals may be nominated for this prestigious award. According to Kelly Joslin, Bowman Hill’s Educational Coordinator, “the Preserve received an overwhelming number of submissions in 2018.”

This year, the judges selected the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve Committee of New Britain Borough as the 2018 recipient of the Land Ethics Award. This all-volunteer Borough committee is responsible for the management and stewardship of the Borough’s 30-acre Nature Preserve located on Mathews Ave.

According to the press announcement released by Bowman’s, the committee’s work in the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve “exemplifies what the Land Ethics Award seeks to celebrate” by demonstrating, “the creative use of native plantings to create a sustainable habitat for wildlife and a place for the public to learn about and enjoy nature.” The press release goes on to say that, “the combination of the use of native plants, volunteer involvement, the educational component as well as documented public and ecological impacts earned this project the top honor.”

The Nature Preserve Committee won this award based on the habitat restoration work it has carried out in the Nature Preserve over the past three years. In 2015, the Nature Preserve Committee wrote a Strategic Plan outlining the Committee’s stewardship goals and priorities for the Preserve, which can be found on their webpage.

Highlights of the Committee’s work over this three-year span include the following:

  • The Preserve’s three meadows have been routinely maintained and enhanced with the installation of additional native plant species to improve them as pollinator habitats. Native, bird-friendly, understory trees and shrubs have been added to the borders surrounding these meadows.
  • Key degraded sections of the Preserve have been cleared of multiflora rose and other invasive species and replanted with native trees and shrubs. A total of 261 trees and 113 shrubs have been planted in the Preserve over the past three years. Scores of existing trees within the Preserve have been freed from choking vines and hundreds of invasive plants have been removed from the Preserve.
  • 30+ nesting boxes for species such as Bluebirds, Screech Owls, and Wood Ducks have been constructed and installed throughout the Preserve.
  • The experience of visiting the Preserve has been improved through the addition of message boards, trail signs, trail improvements, additional benches, and the creation of another entrance to the Preserve on Landis Mill Road.

While the planning and much of the physical labor that lies behind the above achievements has been carried out by the eleven members of the Nature Preserve Committee, it should be noted that the Committee has also had the help of many other community and student volunteers on the six work days that it now holds each year. Community volunteers have included Borough residents and local Scouts. Student volunteers have come from the National Honor Societies of C.B. West and C. B. South High Schools, and the Key Club of C.B. West. Without the help of these enthusiastic volunteers, the Nature Preserve Committee couldn’t have reached these achievements and would not have won this award.

Join Our Newest Committee: Friends of New Britain Parks!

As of our July 2018 council meeting, New Britain Borough has created a new committee titled the Friends of New Britain Parks. This committee will serve to help with the administration of receiving and distributing any donations given to the borough to benefit our parks, nature preserve, and other recreational facilities.

If you’d like to join this committee, please reach out to our office at sam@newbritainboro.com for more information.

Borough Adopts ‘Do Not Knock’ No-Solicitation List

Did you know that New Britain Borough has recently adopted a ‘Do Not Knock’ list? If you would like to curb solicitors from knocking on your door, you can fill out the form using the link below. You can also optionally download and print an official ‘No Solicitation’ sign to display in your window. For more information, use the link below to review the full ordinance.


Do Not Knock List – Signup Form

Do Not Knock Ordinance [PDF]

Bristol Road Extension Meeting Hosted by PENNDOT on June 5, 2018

For those who could not attend, a copy of the presentation from the Bristol Road Extension Meeting on June 5, 2018 (hosted by PennDOT at Unami Middle School) can be found below. PennDOT has also distributed a survey to better understand the community’s concerns. If you’d like to share your feedback, please download the survey below and send it bgrove@trafficpd.com before July 5, 2018.


Event Press Release

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will hold an open house project update meeting on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 PM in the Unami Middle School Cafeteria at 160 Moyer Road in Chalfont Borough 18914, for the upcoming Bristol Road Extension Project in Chalfont and New Britain Boroughs and New Britain Township, Bucks County.

The project involves constructing a two-lane extension of Bristol Road from Butler Avenue to Park Avenue to improve traffic flow in the Chalfont area.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the public with progress plans and a status update on the project. The meeting will be conducted as an open-house plans display where citizens will have the opportunity to circulate among the subject displays to gather information and discuss the different facets of the project with PennDOT’s design team.

For more information, please visit http://www.penndot.gov/regionaloffices/district-6/pages/details.aspx?newsid=2966

Spending Time Outdoors Will Improve Your Health!

Now that the warm weather is finally here, it is time to get outdoors and enjoy it! Within our Borough we have the beauty of nature to enjoy both at the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve and Covered Bridge Park…and in doing so you can greatly improve your health! Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can have phenomenal effects on our overall health. Below are a few of the benefits:

Strengthens Mental Health: Studies have shown that walking outside is strongly linked to lowered depression and stress levels. This has a lot to do with improving your outlook on life, and overall feelings of positivity. Being outdoors allows you more flexibility and versatility as it gives you a change of pace and environment.

Reduces Stress: Aside from creating a positive frame of mind, being in touch with nature helps boost our serotonin levels. (the feel-good neurotransmitter in our bodies) It also increases activity in parts of the brain that are linked to empathy, emotional stability and love.

Increases Vitamin D Intake: We get 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D from soaking it in from the sun. Not only is vitamin D good for our bone and cell growth, it also strengthens our immune functions and reduces inflammation.

Strengthens Immunity: Research has found that spending at least three hours outdoors every day can help increase the level of white blood cells, which help fight viruses and diseases.

Improves Self-Esteem: In addition to lifting our moods and helping us feel positive, going outside, or getting some “green exercise,” can lead to tangible improvements in self-esteem.

Nature Preserve Workday this Saturday May 19th at 9am

Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve
Spring Workday
Saturday, May 19 – 9am until noon (rain or shine)

Please come join us for important conservation work!  Bring work gloves and tools (specifically wheelbarrows, garden rakes, hoes and shovels).

If you have any questions please contact the Borough Administration office at 215-348-4586 or at secretary@newbritainboro.com.