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Bee City Richmond Hill

21st Bee City is engaging residents, increasing the use of native plants in town landscaping

In recent years, Richmond Hill has gained traction in identifying and tackling pollinator-related issues. In 2022, Richmond Hill maintained the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge and Bee City designation. Through this designation, the City has been exposed to a large connected network of Bee Cities, gaining access to free webinars where various groups and government agencies share knowledge and experience related to this topic.

The designation is well received by the residents of Richmond Hill which guides pollinator-oriented initiatives in our community and gain support from Council. Having the Bee City designation has expanded the scope of our initiatives that focus on showcasing the importance of pollinators in the City. We have also developed new partnerships with corporations to add to our efforts. Being part of this designation inspires the City of Richmond Hill to review ongoing pollinator-related activities and establish a work plan that implement innovative projects to increase and improve pollinator habitats through different teams of the City.

Communication outreach initiatives were less limited in 2022 as many COVID pandemic restrictions eased. As such, the City has been able to begin initiating many programs that were modified and start planning for 2023 events and projects.

Learn more about what Richmond Hill is doing to support pollinators

September 2018

Bee City Application

Policy
– Richmond Hill’s Official Plan includes a policy to increase the percentage of native
plants, shrubs and trees in town landscaping, and encourage use of milkweed where
appropriate
– Richmond Hill’s Environment Strategy recommends a Naturalization Strategy to prioritize areas of publically owned land for naturalization and locate potential private
lands for naturalization efforts
– Signing the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge in 2016
– Approval of a Community Garden Policy in 2017
– Annual Council proclamation of Pollinator Week

Operations
– Native perennial species planted at community centre gardens
– 50 milkweed plants planted at Rumble Pond Park (2017)
– Recommendations provided to diversify seed mix within Bradstock Park revitalization plan, to increase habitat for pollinators
– Updated mowing requirements to allow for greater naturalization; restoration planting in identified areas that were previously mowed/manicured

Mayor’s Monarch Pledge
– Community centre displays focused on Monarch butterflies
– Promotion of CWF Backyard Habitat Certification Program
– Partnerships with TRCA and Evergreen to deliver gardening workshops, including focused workshops on pollinator gardens (“Creating a Monarch Oasis Garden”)
– Volunteers collect & save milkweed, other seeds for the Richmond Hill Seed Library Community Programs
– Community Stewardship events, including tree planting, and invasive plant removal with youth volunteers

September 2018
Bee City Richmond Hill

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