Delta is a special place where urban and rural landscapes blend together. Nestled between the vibrant communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta lies some of the most important agricultural land in British Columbia, and Delta’s natural environment plays an important role in regional and international ecosystems. Becoming a Bee City reflects Delta’s commitment to protecting and enhancing biodiversity and strengthening our support for the creation, protection and promotion of pollinator habitat.
We had a positive Bee City experience this past year. Residents are happy to know that Delta is a Bee City Designated city. We also had several staff receive training through Pollinator Partnerships Canada.
Delta has a Pesticide Use Control Bylaw to regulate the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes. Delta also has information on our website.
We had some great success and community support with our efforts to enhance pollinator habitat in the City. Our main goal was to install a pollinator garden in front of City Hall, which we did accomplish. The new pollinator bed has loads of pollinator-friendly plants and an information sign. We supported International Pollinator Week with a social media campaign, and we supported residents in their efforts.
Some notable ones were:
1) The Ladner Business Association (LBA), working with City of Delta gardeners, planted seedlings from
West Coast Seeds’ “Dr. Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend” in Ladner Village. 100% of the proceeds of Dr.
Bonnie Henry Pollinator Blend sales is donated to Food Banks Canada.
2) We continued to incorporate pollinator-friendly plants into existing plant beds in and around the City
(on City property)
3) We trialed a Bee Turf Alternative Lawn Blend from West Coast Seeds for ditch bank restoration to
determine effectiveness as a replacement to the standard seed mix.
4) We supported projects as suggested by members of the public, including:
a) reduced mowing at the McCloskey Hydro Corridor to allow a pollinator meadow to form during the
summer, in partnership with BC Hydro and the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers.
b) a resident who is supporting the David Suzuki Foundations’ Butterflyway Project, which has a goal to
establish habitat for local bees and butterflies in communities throughout the country.
Delta has been taking action to protect and conserve the bee population for many years. Delta’s zoning Bylaw permits beekeeping as an accessory use to single-family and duplex dwellings, and for education purposes in Public zones. Delta has been administering the Mason Bee Box program at a number of parks throughout Delta since 2011.
The new Delta cultural centre (the Douglas J. Husband Discovery Centre) has an installation that includes fruit trees and bee hives, highlighting the importance of pollinators to the agricultural community. Additionally, each year, Delta offers free workshops to educate residents about sustainable gardening practices.