A new pollinator garden will be created at Delta Municipal Hall in Ladner.
The city recently wrapped up its request for bids issued for a contractor to build the garden near the front entrance facing Rotary Park. The garden will include a diverse selection of pollinator-friendly plants.
In 2020, Delta was declared a Bee City, becoming the 43rd Canadian city by Bee City Canada to have that distinction.
The designation is awarded to cities that publicly declare they will protect pollinators and their habitats through coordinated and collaborative actions that align with the Bee City program.
By becoming a Bee City, the city has committed to protecting local pollinators by increasing the number of pollinator-friendly flowers in current and future civic garden beds and rain gardens, modernizing municipal mowing practices to benefit pollinators and developing partnerships with interested members of the community.
City staff will also focus on increasing community awareness and empowering businesses and residents to nurture pollinator-friendly habitats on private property.
The city started a Mason Bee Box program more than a decade ago.
Delta’s zoning bylaw permits beekeeping as an accessory use at single-family and duplex dwellings, as well as for education purposes in public areas.