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Richmond designated a Canadian Bee City

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:39 PDT, Thu May 19, 2022

Last Updated: 4:44 PDT, Thu May 19, 2022

The City of Richmond is proud to announce that it has been designated a Canadian Bee City by Pollinator Partnership Canada, in recognition of its ongoing efforts to support and protect local pollinators through habitat enhancement, environmental stewardship, and public education.

“Scientists tell us that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Pollinators and their habitat are crucial aspects of our local ecosystem, and support a thriving local agricultural sector; enhancement of their habitat helps to keep biodiversity resilient in the face of climate change.”

In addition to the designation, and to celebrate tomorrow (May 20) as World Bee Day, the city is encouraging residents and businesses to participate in the Richmond Nectar Trail program, a community-based mapping effort of pollinator friendly plantings throughout the city. Pollinators need to touch down at least every ten metres, so the trail will enable them to easily travel throughout Richmond, including the city’s rich farming areas. Building trails of pollen-rich plants will help these pollinators thrive in Richmond’s Ecological Network.

To participate in Richmond’s Nectar Trail, visit letstalkrichmond.ca/nectartrail to mark your garden’s location and post photos, register a garden through richmond.ca/nectartrail, or email your name and postal code to nectartrail@richmond.ca. Then maintain the garden of pollinating plants and post photos of the garden on social media with the hashtag #RmdNectarTrail until Sept. 30.

Watch for updates on the city’s social media channels throughout the summer to see the Richmond Nectar Trail map grow.

Pollinator Partnership Canada is a registered charity, dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education, and research. Bee City Canada is a voluntary membership program that is delivered by Pollinator Partnership Canada. The Bee City Program seeks membership, through certification, for organizations that are committed to promoting pollinator conservation.

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