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Strategic Mowing Pilot Project

​The Town of Midland has committed to protecting pollinators under their 2021 designation as a Bee City. A Bee City municipality commits to provide pollinator habitat within the municipalities' boundaries.

As part of this commitment, the Town is starting a pilot project to test the outcomes of No-Mow and Reduced-Mow Zones. These Zones are areas of Town land that will either no longer be mown or will be mown less – or 'strategically'. This is being done to save resources, reduce pollution and create pollinator habitat. As the watershed's leading environmental agen​cy, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) will support the Town in this initiative.

Every June, the Town will recognize National Pollinator Week. Stay tuned on how we'll celebrate our pollinator heroes in 2021.

Media Release: Town of Midland joins the Bee City Canada program; No-Mow Zones in low-use park lands will create pollinator habitat, reduce costs and GHGs - March 8, 2021

Pollinator friendly habitat sign.

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​For more details, contact:

James Turnbull, Operations Supervisor

jturnbull@midland.ca


Bee City No-Mow Zones Location Map

Bee City No-Mow Zone locations in MIdland
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Bee City No-Mow Zone - Edgehill Park

Bee City No-Mow Zone - Edgehill Park

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Bee City No-Mow Zone - Ernest T. Bates Memorial Park

Bee City No-Mow Zone - Ernest T. Bates Memorial Park

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Bee City No-Mow Zone - Gawley Park

Bee City No-Mow Zone - Gawley Park

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Bee City No-Mow Zone - Little Lake Park

Bee City No-Mow Zone - Little Lake Park

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​Check out the FAQ section below for more information.

 FAQs

What is a No Mow or Reduced Mow Zone?

​A No-Mow Zone is a designated area where vegetation can grow with restricted or ‘strategic’ mowing. Allowing the grass to grow higher and limiting regular mowing has many environmental and economic benefits.​

Why is the Town doing this?

​In 2019 the Town invited residents to have their say on the future of the Town’s parks and trails. The updated Parks and Trails Master Plan includes comments from stakeholders that the Town’s program was not cost effective, and that staff needed to find ways to reduce those costs. Recommendations included limited mowing and naturalization of some park areas to realize environmental benefits and reduce costs. This pilot project is a response to that recommendation by stakeholders, and supports our corporate goals as they relate to environmental stewardship.​

How does this effort connect to the Town’s Municipal Climate Change Action Plan?

​In July 2019, Council adopted the Town of Midland’s Climate Change Action Plan and committed to the implementation of the recommended actions. Of the 13 actions within the plan, Action 11 was to: “develop a ‘no-mow’ and pollinator policy with municipal commitments to reduce corporate fuel use while improving the environment for pollinators species”.

What are the benefits of a No Mow or Reduced Mow Zone?

Strategic mowing has many benefits:

  • Less mowing saves staff time, fuel, energy, and money.
  • Reduces our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Dense grasses and wildflowers trap pollutants and protect water quality.

Provides habitat for important pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and birds.​

Which parks or Town lands will be part of the pilot project?

​The Town will select strategic areas of Edgehill Park, Gawley Park, Little Lake Park areas of Midland Bay Landing and Bayview Park for the pilot project. Signage will be placed in these areas to identify the No Mow and Reduced Mow locations. ​

Will the Town continue to mow other lands within the municipality?

​Yes. Regular maintenance of Town lands is a priority for Midland. Mowing will continue outside of the selected No-Mow Zones. The sites will not interfere in any way with the enjoyment of the Town’s parks and trails.​

What will these areas look like?

​These areas may look messy at first but help us help nature by being patient. Naturalization is a long-term process, and it may take a few years for the grasses and wildflowers to establish. Native plants will grow, and other plants may be added by staff. Each site will be regularly evaluated to make decisions on next steps. ​