Why pollinators matter
Without the help of pollinators, many plants can not produce seeds and fruits. These insects have a close, essential relationship with the flowers they visit: as they forage for nectar and pollen, they pollinate the plants, crops, and fruit trees.
How we will improve pollinator habitat
Many Vancouver parks are currently poor habitats for pollinators because of landscaping maintenance, a lack of flowering plants, soil conditions, and few places to survive the winter.
To enhance habitat for pollinators in urban parks and green spaces, we will:
- Increase vegetation diversity
- Use native plants that pollinators are adapted to
- Provide overwintering habitats (like wood, constructed boxes, and open sandy soils)
Nectar Trail, Shaughnessy
This "pollinator pathway" of bee-friendly habitat islands on 37th Avenue links Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and a larger pollinator garden in Oak Meadows Park. The project is a community initiative led by Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) in partnership with the City, Park Board, and local residents and schools.
Park Board staff are working with EYA to expand the pollinator habitats in Oak Meadows Park.
Learn more about Nectar Trail
Pollinator Corridor Project, Downtown Eastside
As part of an initiative to create bee habitat, enhance green spaces, and strengthen community along East Hastings, Hives for Humanity worked with the Park Board to install mason bee houses and flowering plants in four area parks. Find the bee boxes at McLean Park, Oppenheimer Park, Crab Park, and Pigeon Park.
Learn more about Pollinator Corridor
Flower meadow at Empire Fields, Sunrise
A seed mix of pollinator-friendly wildflowers from the Pacific Northwest was added to the grass mix used to replant the slopes next to Empire Fields in Hastings Park.
Green Streets Program
Park Board staff are working with the City's Green Streets Program to improve benefits for pollinators on volunteer-run boulevard and street gardens. Traffic circles and greenway plantings are an excellent way to increase pollinator habitats along City streets.
Beautify your boulevard and street
The Park Board is testing options for reducing – but not eliminating – mowing in some parks. This includes areas along the Stanley Park Seawall slope, Oak Meadows Park, and Ceperley Meadows near Lost Lagoon. By design, these areas will have more weeds. Most test areas will at least be mowed by the end of the growing season.
Education is a key part of the Pollinator Project. Five hundred garden signs, as well as information sheets, seed packets, and gardening advice have been provided to gardeners and local residents. The goal is to increase awareness of practical ways to support pollinators.