The City of Kawartha Lakes has been honoured with a royal designation.
“We are thrilled to be named the next Bee City in Canada,” said Susan Blayney of the Environmental Advisory Committee.
Protecting the environment is a commitment councillors have made and to that end, they are encouraging residents to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators – the mission of Bee City Canada.
These insects are vital in the pollination of crops and thus vital to food production, Bee City Canada representatives said. The loss of their habitat is a major factor in the decline of the bee and butterfly population.
The City of Kawartha Lakes wants to change that, to make the city a haven for bees and butterflies by preserving large areas of open land for the plants that pollinators need.
“The Bee City Initiative involves planting pollinator-friendly plants on private property, public spaces, and small-scale farms.” said Cheri Davidson, manager of communications for City of Kawartha Lakes.
Kawartha Lakes Waste Management and Fleming College are currently seeding a 1.5-acre decommissioned area of the Fenelon Falls landfill site with a pollinator-friendly seed mixture instead of the normal application of grass seed.
The students have also designed a way of monitoring the effectiveness of the planting in attracting bees and butterflies which can be applied to other plantings.
Kawartha Lakes is the 7th Bee City in Canada.