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19th Bee City stands out for its efforts to protect pollinators!

The City of Guelph’s official plan recognizes that maintaining pollinator habitat is essential for supporting healthy ecosystems and encourages this in City-led and private development projects. Guelph has also developed strong partnerships with numerous community groups, like Pollination Guelph, as well as schools and other organizations that are actively engaged in helping pollinators and protecting their habitats. The Hydro One Corridor Meadow Project, which recently transformed several acres of invasive, non-native buckthorn into meadow habitat, is one such initiative. We encourage you to review Guelph’s application to learn about other projects and future plans.

Visit one of Guelph’s community pollinator gardens.

February 2023

2023 Renewal

2022 was the City of Guelph’s fourth full year as a Bee City. We continued to scale-up the naturalization work carried out by our in-house planting crew. See section 3 and attached appendix files for details regarding habitat-related enhancement achievements by our planting team. Over the last few years, partly related to COVID restrictions we refocused our community engagement efforts on supporting our community partners and their events rather than hosting city-led events. We have found that this model is usually the most efficient and effective way to engage with our community so we have continued it this year but have scaled up the number of events and partners. In part due to changes resulting from the pandemic we have found that there has been increased interest and demand for community gardening and as a result, Guelph’s community gardens grew again in 2022. One new pollinator garden started in 2022, and several gardens expanded in size. This provided more habitat for pollinators in the city.

The following includes some of the initiatives and media coverage various partners the city supports received for their efforts related to pollinator and naturalization habitat development and enhancement in 2022:
Pollination Guelph, one of the partner organizations we support has an annual grant program focused on pollinator habitat creation and improvement. In March they announced their funding program for 2022, and award recipients were announced in April. This year, grants were focused on planting, enhancing, and/or maintaining sustainable pollinator habitat in Guelph and Wellington County.

February 2023
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