Naming our pollinator meadow
Thank you to all who took the time to review and vote for your favourite name for our pollinating bee and butterfly meadow located on Bayview Avenue in the City of Richmond Hill.
Voting is now closed.
The announcement of the winning submission is coming soon.
A permanent sign will be installed at the meadow displaying the winning name. The individual with the winning submission will also receive a prize pack.
Thank you to all who submitted a name.
York Region is supporting pollinating bees and butterflies by creating pollination meadows.
Project Pollinator kicked-off with a pilot project, transforming the Regionally owned boulevard, the grass area located beside the road, on Bayview Avenue just south of Bethesda Sideroad into an environmentally friendly pollinating bee and butterfly meadow.
Based on the success of the pilot, York Region will expand the project in additional municipalities.
Pollinators support our ecosystem that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather and support other wildlife by cross pollinating, a process that allows plants to produce vegetables, fruit and seeds needed to create more plants.
It is estimated some 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on a pollinator to move pollen from the male plant to female plant to produce vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. This includes about 35% of the crops people harvest and eat, meaning one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of a pollinator. Pollination is also required for plants to reproduce, creating a plentiful food supply for the animals that produce dairy and meat.
The creation of a pollinator meadow will also replace existing grass with flowering plants, eliminating the need to cut the grass with diesel mowers, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The addition of plants will assist in the removal of carbon dioxide from the environment while producing clean air locally.
The public space will encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors by providing a destination where they can observe and learn about the importance of creating pollination sites as well as the significant role pollinating bees and butterflies play in our local environment by reading educational signs.
Establishing a meadow
When a suitable space has been selected, York Region will begin by removing a portion of earth to prepare the meadow bed for a layer of topsoil.
Reclaimed stone from Regional roads projects will be used to stabilize the slopes surrounding the meadow if needed.
Following the preparation of the meadow bed and when weather conditions are ideal, vegetation such as native milkweed, willow and silvery lupines will be planted to attract pollinating bees and butterflies, allowing them to thrive.
Meadow on Bayview Avenue, City of Richmond Hill
Location: Bayview Avenue, south of Bethesda Side Road, City of Richmond Hill
Size: 50 metres by 5 metres
Plantings: Approximately 1,100 plants including native milkweed, willow and silvery lupines
York Region Transportation Operations, Public Works
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75000