Pollinators are critical to the production of crops that supply Canadians with food and materials and play an essential role in maintaining healthy and diverse local habitats and natural systems. Unfortunately, pollinator populations are in significant decline from facing challenges such as habitat loss and degradation, pesticide use, climate change, various agricultural and gardening practices and introduced species.
The City of Brampton is currently pursuing the Bee City Designation in recognition of the importance of protecting pollinators in our community. The Bee City Designation is a yearly commitment a municipality can make to ensure that pollinators are protected and recognizes the municipality’s efforts towards pollinator protection.
City Pollinator Stats
- The City currently maintains 17 dedicated pollinator beds and 706 perennial beds that support pollinators
- Since 2002, the City’s Naturalization Program has naturalized over 220 hectares of land and uses native seed mixes, shrubs and trees that provide food and habitat for pollinators
- Since 2018, the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow Program has has converted approximately 21 hectares of turf grass into meadows and pollinator gardens
Supporting and Protecting Pollinators
The City of Brampton implements a number of programs and initiatives that supports pollinators, including:
- Building and maintaining pollinator dedicated beds and perennial beds that support pollinators
- Restoring and enhancing natural areas and introducing naturalization into our parks through the Naturalization Program
- Reducing mowed areas in public spaces and converting them into meadows through the Don’t Mow, Let it Grow Program
- Integrating native and flowering trees into City and new development planting lists
- Integrating native plantings in bioswales
- Facilitating urban agricultural and residential garden initiatives such as the City’s Community Gardens Program, residential Backyard Garden Program and Gardens of Brampton Initiative.
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