Kingsville, Ontario is located along the north shore of Lake Erie. It is a community in the Essex County region. Kingsville has a unique location as the most southern town in Canada and enjoys the warmest climate of any city in Ontario. Our region is located at the same latitude as northern California. We have a thriving downtown environment surrounded by traditional agricultural farming, cottage industry with an ever-expanding greenhouse industry, and expansion of trails that connect the region. Kingsville beauty comes from recognizing the importance of a healthy eco-system which includes the importance of pollinators.
We did a presentation to our town council about the benefits of being a bee city, it went back and forth a couple of times and was finally past. We did have a bit of push back about different types of bees.
We are encouraging a later spring clean up. Let your garden sleep in, with sign that people could take home to put in front of their gardens.
Our local Horticulture Society has planted a pollinator garden in one of the local parks.
We have installed signage at the edge of town at our Welcome sign to indicate that we are a Bee City.
The Town of Kingsville, in partnership with community groups like the BIA, the Horticultural Society maintains our community gardens throughout the year.
• This past year, a garden to commemorate the front line workers during the pandemic was established in our town square that had bee-friendly plantings.
• The Kingsville Horticultural Society has created a pollinator garden at Lakeside Park, using many native species of plants to promote pollination. Also in Lakeside Park, educational signage has been placed regarding the Riparian Buffer throughout the park.
• Ongoing pollinator workshops are hosted by the Kingsville Horticultural Society.
• Kingsville completes an annual tree planting programs plant 80-100 trees a year, most of them flowering. In addition, for everyone one tree taken out two are planted.
• There are re-forestation projects by our local conservation authorities and naturalized area at the entrance to Union Beach. Several community groups such as the Lion’s Club, Early On – Access Centre and the Kingsville Military Museum have expressed an interest in helping educate the public to be a Bee-Friendly Community and are creating pollinator friendly gardens.