We can’t wait to get busy with residents to encourage people to plant pollinators in their gardens, on their boulevards and help lead the way with plantings in our city streets and parks.
We will work with community partners to educate community members and businesses about how they can help bees and other native pollinators. Education will include alternatives to chemical pesticides and herbicides, recognizing pollinators and how to source native plants, trees and shrubs.
Together, we will grow an even healthier environment where pollinators and people can flourish. Small Town, Big Bees!!
With very limited staff resources, we’ve been focused on finding ways to incorporate bee friendly initiatives into the work that the City is already doing.
The City of Duncan does not use pesticides on City lands, but it is currently without a formal policy. Staff recommend including pesticide use restrictions in the future integrated pest management plan.
The Cowichan Green Community has undertaken a native species planting project in Rotary Park, with the support of the Parks Department. These areas are signed as meadow making in progress, with reference to both native species planting and supporting pollinators. There are also large areas of Rotary, McAdam and Centennial Park that are unmanicured, which supports pollinators.
he City of Duncan has various community groups that show support of a healthy and sustainable ecosystem, highlighting our pollinator friends. Community initiatives include:
Duncan area has its own beekeeping group called the Cowichan Beekeepers. This registered Society of Beekeepers were founded in 1954 and originally was a way for like minded individuals to connect and share common interests. The Cowichan Valley is now home to an estimated 200 beekeepers, with most belonging to the club. The Club strives to keep members up to date on best practices and current events to keep the Valley’s bee colonies strong and healthy.