Pollinator Partnership Canada has designated Richmond as a Canadian Bee City to recognize its efforts to support local pollinators.
The city's ongoing pollinator program supports and protects local pollinators through habitat enhancement, environmental stewardship, and public education.
“Scientists tell us that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“Pollinators and their habitat are crucial aspects of our local ecosystem, and support a thriving local agricultural sector; enhancement of their habitat helps to keep biodiversity resilient in the face of climate change,” he added.
The city is also buzzing with excitement for World Bee Day this Friday.
To celebrate, Richmondites are encouraged to map pollinator-friendly plantings throughout the city through the Richmond Nectar Trail program.
"Pollinators need to touch down at least every ten metres, so the trail will enable them to easily travel throughout Richmond, including the City’s rich farming areas. Building trails of pollen-rich plants will help these pollinators thrive in Richmond’s Ecological Network," said the city in a media release.