Urban beekeeping has been causing controversy in an NDG community garden. The borough says a man needs to leave the garden, because of his beehive but he says he'll appeal, adding he got permission and has spent close to $1600.
Matthew Trowell says he introduced the beehive in the NDG community garden on Botrel Street this summer after years of discussions and an almost unanimous vote from the other gardeners to accept it.
Trowell says he consulted the city and it gave him the go ahead because there aren't any bylaws or procedures in place.
The city and Action Communiterre, who runs the garden, has posted two notices to get the beehive out of the garden by September 2.
Trowell says he is hoping they’ll be open to discussions but otherwise he will appeal the eviction.
“I don’t intend to leave, they’re selective enforcement of rules is evident, or so called rules...” he told CJAD.
“I want them to cooperate with me so we can get this project off the ground and then observe and detail all that we can do to develop it,” he continued.
NDG city councillor Peter McQueen says the city didn’t stop Trowell before he introduced the beehive because it didn’t know what he was doing.
“When we realised exactly what he was doing, that’s when we said, woh this is too close to people.”
McQueen also says the woman next to Trowell's gardening lot has an allergy to bees and for safety reasons beekeeping cannot be accepted in the garden.
But Trowell says that explanation isn't rational.
“If you’re in the garden you’re surrounded by wasps and stinging things already, besides she voted that she was in favor of it and then turned around and changed her mind.”
Mcqueen says the city does need to come up with regulations surrounding the topic.