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Beautify your backyard with the help of the Fayette County Conservation District

The Fayette County Conservation District wants to help beautify your backyard, and our local environment, with its Backyard Conservation Program.

A pollinator garden filled with flowers and native plants along the sidewalk

Pollinator gardens like this keep the bees + butterflies buzzing with happiness. | Photo provided by Fayette County Conservation District

Applications are now being accepted for the Fayette County Conservation District’s (FCCD) 2024 Backyard Conservation Program (BCP).

The program is celebrating five years of empowering Lexington residents to take conservation into their own hands and backyards. “Like all of FCCD’s programs, success is measured by participation, and every small-scale effort can result in meaningful change,” said Heather Silvanik, director of FCCD.

The program started in 2019 with hopes of having at least 20 people participate in building a pollinator garden. Since then, nearly 700 homes have implemented unique conservation projects including:

  • Rain gardens + barrels
  • Compost bins
  • Pollinator gardens
  • Apiary supplies
  • Bat houses
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Garden plots
  • Raised bed gardens

New this year, residents can receive support in converting their lawns to native grasses + installing permeable driveways.

Nitty gritty details

  • The program is a 50/50 split, with FCCD reimbursing up to $200
  • Open to homeowners + renters
  • Receipts, invoices, and photographs of completed projects should be submitted within 60 days of approval to receive reimbursement
  • Reimbursements could take up to six weeks
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