Bee House Project Creating a Real Buzz in Capreol
Capreol Bee Houses

Solitary bees don’t live in a hive community like honey bees. Female solitary bees build their own nests inside separate cells contained in a bee house. Capreol’s bee houses will be built using bamboo or PVC pipes so that each house will contain numerous cells for the solitary bees.

Capreol’s continued quest to re-green the downtown core got another big boost as the community learned that its funding request to install bee houses was approved by Project Impact at a press conference at the Mackenzie Library Branch in Sudbury Tuesday morning.

Project Impact invites community groups to pitch ideas while simultaneously collecting donations. The community gets to vote on their favorite projects and those that receive the most votes are eligible for funding. One of those projects was the town of Capreol’s Bee Wary, Bee Wise Project.

The installation of the bee houses was a priority for the community as the town looks to continue its recent success in the provincial Communities in Bloom showcase. “Capreol has invested a lot of time planting trees, expanding gardens and introducing new green spaces,” explained Communities in Bloom committee member Cody Cacciotti. “This project will further compliment the work we’ve done alongside the parks staff at the City of Greater Sudbury to ensure that we are creating healthy ecosystems throughout the community.”

Bee Houses create habitats for solitary bees. Unlike the honey bee, they are a non-aggressive species that makes them much more suitable for garden environments. They are not equipped with pollen baskets meaning that they lose more pollen each time they visit a new flower. This makes them very effective pollinators and an important contributor to any garden.

Buzzing Gardens Capreol Bee House seed packets

Over the past three years, Bees Matter has provided free Buzzing Gardens seed packets for over 185,000 gardens across Canada. Once the bee houses are installed this spring, the Town of Capreol will be handing out free seed packets that you can plant in your own garden.

The bee houses are set to be installed later this spring and coincide with a special partnership with ReadingTown / Ville Lecture Sudbury. “We’re working with Derek Young and his group at Reading Town to do an outdoor storybook book trail using Melissa’s Magnificent Bee Adventure that will be launch on May 12th at the museum. Thanks to the Buzzing Gardens Program at Beesmatter.ca, we will also be handing out Pollinator Seed Packets so that visitors can start to establish their own pollinator gardens at home,” said Cacciotti.

Thank you to Project Impact and everyone who took the time to cast their votes. Project updates will be posted through the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre’s Facebook page.

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