Communities in Bloom judges in Amherst Sept. 6
The regular meeting of Amherst’s community in bloom group was recently held at the town hall boardroom with Chelsea Baird, town horticulturist in the chair.
First a little background. Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization, committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and beautification through community participation and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.
Established in 1995 with 29 Canadian communities, it has grown to improve the quality of life in hundreds of participating communities in the provincial and national editions.
The Town of Amherst is one of those communities. The program in 2018 has been a great success with the mobilization of citizens, groups, organizations, business and town leaders. The local committee membership is made up from these categories.
The Amherst chapter is now preparing for provincial judging to take place on Sept. 6. The judge/judges will be in Amherst on the night of Sept. 5 to be ready for the following day. Judging will be in the following categories: municipal with a value of 50 per cent, industrial 25 per cent and private 25 per cent.
Judging is comprised in the areas of tidiness, environmental, heritage conversation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.
On a local level, judging has completed for residential areas and the following civic address are noted: 14 Spring St., 18 Terrace St., 35/37 West Pleasant St., 2 Lamey St. These addresses will be recipient of awards from the committee.
The local committee’s objectives are to involve the community by means of local contests which increase awareness about the program, its benefits and opportunities.