Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom judges in Amherst Sept. 6

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Gor­don Good­win Gor­don Good­win is a mem­ber of Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom and is the re­tired pres­i­dent and CEO of the G&G Group of Com­pa­nies.

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.

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