Midland joining Bee City Canada program and designating low- or no-mow zones

Scaling back or halting mowing at low-use park land could create more bee habitat

You won’t be smelling as much fresh-cut grass around Midland now that the town is taking steps to protect pollinators.

The Town of Midland has joined the Bee City Canada program and as a result, is introducing a new pilot project that would see either reduced or eliminated mowing in low-use parklands. These zones will no longer be mowed or will be mowed less to save resources, reduce pollution, and create pollinator habitat. The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) has vowed to support the town in its efforts.

“The No-Mow and Reduced-Mow Pilot Project will allow our team to assess the opportunities in our parks and public spaces to develop aesthetically pleasing pollinator habitat which will also provide valuable environmental services, not only for pollinators, but for the ecosystem as a whole,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The decline in pollinator populations requires
action, and as a member of the SSEA Services Board, the Town is responding in an efficient and fiscally-responsible manner while utilizing the knowledge and science-based services of the SSEA Team.”

Check out the Bee City Canada website to learn more about the program.