Bee-lieve it! Lots of buzz around Brampton’s new designation

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Published June 16, 2021 at 8:33 pm

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You better ‘bee’lieve it. Brampton has been officially recognized as Canada’s newest Bee City.

The designation was bestowed by Bee City Canada, a federally-recognized charitable organization with the goal to educate Canadians about the importance of pollinators and to inspire action to ensure pollinator habitat protection.

As a designated Bee City, the city is committed to supporting and protecting pollinators, including bees and butterflies. This includes creating and maintaining current pollinator habitats, educating residents about the importance of pollinators, and celebrating pollinators during International Pollinator Week (June 21-27).

The Bee City designation is an opportunity for the City of Brampton to promote and strengthen its leading efforts to protect and enhance the city’s natural heritage system. The City of Brampton joins more than 50 municipalities across Canada that have achieved this designation.

The City currently maintains 17 dedicated pollinator beds and 706 perennial beds that support pollinators.

Since 2002, the Brampton Valley and Parks Naturalization Program has naturalized more than 220 hectares of land and uses native seed mixes, shrubs and trees that provide food and habitat for pollinators.

Since 2018, the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow Program has converted approximately 21 hectares of turf grass into meadows and pollinator gardens.

“Everyone plays a part in supporting Brampton’s Bee City designation,” said Doug Whillans, city councillor wards 2 and 6.

“Pollinators are crucial to food production and maintaining healthy habitats and natural systems. I encourage residents to plant native trees and flowers, support local farmers, and learn more about our initiatives.”

During Pollinator Week from June 21-27, there will be virtual activities including a pollinator-themed treasure hunt with prizes, downloadable colouring pages, resources and facts to explore, and more. Visit the city’s website for details.

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