Richmond, British Columbia, Canada has long been known as the Garden City. This blog aims to provide informed in-depth opinion on a range of conservation issues of interest to the Garden City community, which is centred in Richmond but extends around B.C. and the globe.
Background for newcomers
It began when the citizens had a vision for the Garden City Lands, a 136-acre field in the city centre that had always been green through historical good fortune. By acting together and with BC’s Agricultural Land Commission process, they saved it—from dense multi-billion-dollar development—for the higher value of its Agricultural Land Reserve uses for community wellness. That is one of Richmond’s priceless legacies from the past for the present and the future 20, 50 and 100 years or more from now.
The lands have become a city park, with a major park enhancement process under way, and the citizens aim to help steward the lands in the ALR for agricultural, ecological and open-land park uses for community wellness. That would include restoration of the sphagnum bog on much of the lands. Sphagnum moss, illustrated at right, is the keystone genus (group of species) that spent millennia leading the forming of the lands.
We began as the Garden City Lands Coalition and evolved into the Garden City Conservation Society, active in various conservation issues in Richmond and beyond, with many “Friends of Garden City.”
Coming and Recent Events
Richmond Tree Bylaw Information Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 15, 6–8 pm at the South Arm Community Centre, Williams Road between No. 3 Road and Garden City Road. Details.
Friday, October 28 was the deadline for responses to the Review Panel for the federal environmental assessment of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project. In the final days, there was massive input, mostly explaining concerns, bringing the total to 887 responses . To further respond to federal politicians, etc., it’s efficient to use Real Terminal 2 Hearings.