The County of Brant was officially designated a Bee City Canada community on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
By becoming a Bee City, the County of Brant joins a national initiative that shows our commitment to sustainable practices and engagement opportunities for residents in climate and environmental action.
Bee City Canada is a national organization that promotes pollinator conservation in Canada by collaborating with municipalities, schools, and businesses to encourage the establishment of pollinator gardens, reduction of pesticide uses and raise awareness about the importance of pollinators. Bee City Canada also provides resources and recognition to communities that commit to their program. Their work contributes to biodiversity preservation and the well-being of both pollinators and humans.
As a Bee City the County of Brant commits to the following:
- Creating, maintaining and/or improving pollinator habitat.
- Educating their community, employees and/or customers about the importance of pollinators.
- Celebrating pollinators during National Pollinator Week or at other times.
The requirements to maintain this certification align well with ongoing goals within Brant, such as redesigning garden beds to reduce water consumption, promoting the growth of non-invasive, native plant species, consider sustainable maintenance practices, while also contributing to our objective of increasing canopy coverage throughout the county.
“The County of Brant becoming a Bee City strengthens our commitment to being a leader in sustainable practices,” said Meghan Hunter, Manager of Parks and Forestry. “We will do this by implementing responsible planting and maintenance practices, raising awareness and educating residents about the importance of pollinator roles in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.”