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Connaught Heights Pollinator Meadow

In partnership with BC Hydro, nine community volunteers from the Connaught Heights neighbourhood seeded a 0.25 hectare BC Hydro right-of-way with native grasses and pollinator-friendly wildflowers. This initiative supports biodiversity in underused greenspaces and is a great example of how a utility corridor can contribute to the greater pollinator habitat. 

Project info:

  • The BC Hydro lands along Twenty Second Street (between London and Dublin St.) was identified as an optimal location for a pollinator meadow.
  • The City entered into a licensing agreement with BC Hydro in 2020 to implement the meadow for a 24 month term. Extension to be reviewed at end of term.
  • The project received funds from 1) BC Hydro Community ReGreening Program; and 2) Small Neighbourhoods Grant
  • Community volunteers seeded the meadow with the oversight of City staff and BC Hydro staff on April 16th, 2021. A Safety Plan was in place to conduct the work using COVID safety protocols.
  • The meadow intends to support the survival and recovery of pollinators, especially native bees. As the meadow naturalizes, other co-benefits include reduced mowing and maintenance costs, carbon sequestration by native plants/soil and beautifying the neighbourhood.

This initiative supports Bold Step 6: Robust Urban Forest as part of the Seven Bold Steps endorsed by City Council in response to the climate emergency with the goal of moving New Westminster towards a zero carbon future by 2050.

Date posted:April 21, 2021