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Pitt Meadows allows urban beekeeping

Male European honey bees on a honey comb. - The New/Files
Male European honey bees on a honey comb.
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Bees can now buzz freely within Pitt Meadows city limits.

Council gave third reading Tuesday to a bylaw that permits apiaries, or hives, in its urban area.
The new bylaw proposes limiting the number of colonies to two for lots less than 1,000 sq. metres and four colonies for lots greater than 1,000 sq. metres.

Hive owners must also have a 1.8-metre hedge around any property containing beehives or provide adequate setbacks between the hives and adjacent properties. Owners will also have to ensure there is adequate water to prevent bees from flying over a fence for a drink in neighbour’s swimming pool.

As per provincial legislation, all beehive owners will have to register with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.

 

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