On April 2, 2019 the District of Clearwater was declared as Canada’s 24th Bee City and BC’s 3rd Bee City!
What does that mean? This is a great honour and opportunity for Clearwater to create healthy pollinator habitats, educate the community about pollinators, and celebrate pollinators in many ways. “The District of Clearwater is very excited about this designation and has many plans for creating a healthy pollinator habitat, some examples are: supporting the Bee City Working groups initiatives, adopt a “pesticide free” policy for District properties and encourage citizens to do the same and planting pollinator friendly plants in our community parks.” Lucy Taylor, Councillor.
– Supported community and school gardens by assisting with watering, providing some staff / contractor time to upkeep school gardens during the summer months when school is closed – CUPE Staff from School District.
– Followed a policy to select pollinator friendly plants including native trees, shrubs, and grasses for our community parks.
– Encouraged our community and local gardeners to plant herbs and vegetables that are pollinators.
– through use of our newsletter, Facebook, website.
– worked to ensure parks and boulevard areas that have waterways had a buffer area that was not mowed to increase naturalization and to protect the water.
The District of Clearwater will work with the District’s Bee City Working Group to host the following initiatives for the 2019 year:
1) Pollinator Gardens at local schools and community garden.
2) Beekeepers Club has meetings and field trips for new and experienced beekeepers.
3) Seedy Saturday April 6, 2019 – Pollinator awareness display, information, free pollinator-friendly seeds and plants, children’s activities, children’s art display.
4) Day of the Honey Bee May 29, 2019- Pollinator Picnic and Planting Day at local elementary school – school wide celebration with bee club and council members. Demonstration hive and honeybee information at the local Farmers Market.
5) Harvest Faire September 2019 – Honey tasting event and children’s activities.
6) “Bee-Friendly” yard signs available by donation to community members that commit to eliminating pesticide use and preserving pollinator habitat on their property.