Yar­mouth re­ceives na­tional Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom recog­ni­tion


The Town of Yar­mouth re­ceived a 5 Blooms Sil­ver rat­ing and a spe­cial men­tion for ‘Urban Forestry: Tree In­ven­tory’ dur­ing the 2018 Na­tional/In­ter­na­tional Sym­po­sium and Awards Cer­e­monies in Al­berta last week.

The com­mu­nity also re­ceived an Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award for the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom Urban Forestry Award. The Town of Yar­mouth par­tic­i­pated in the Cir­cle of Ex­cel­lence - Eval­u­ated cat­e­gory.

Over the sum­mer, trained vol­un­teer judges trav­elled to par­tic­i­pat­ing com­mu­ni­ties to eval­u­ate the over­all con­tri­bu­tions of mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and de­part­ments; in­dus­try; busi­nesses and the pri­vate sec­tor – in­clud­ing vol­un­teer ef­forts – in re­gards to the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria: Tidi­ness, En­vi­ron­men­tal Action, Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion, Urban Forestry, Land­scape and Flo­ral Dis­plays.

Fol­low­ing their eval­u­a­tion about Yar­mouth, vol­un­teer judges Su­san El­lis and Tina Liu wrote:

“Yar­mouth is blessed with many old trees and has taken the time and ef­fort nec­es­sary to pre­serve them, as well as plan­ning for rou­tine and or ex­cep­tional main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties. The Yar­mouth Tree In­ven­tory is an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of how a well-de­signed in­ven­tory can help a mu­nic­i­pal parks depart­ment plan their parks staff ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Us­ing GPS tech­nol­ogy, over 1000 trees (most of which are over 70 years old) are now in the in­ven­tory. Species and their lo­ca­tions are noted, as well as whether work has been done on them, if they are com­mem­o­ra­tive, and why. Trees planted for spe­cial events such as Canada 125, and Canada 150 are noted, as well as those planted in mem­ory of in­di­vid­u­als,” the judges added. “Over time, as it has grown, it has helped to de­ter­mine which species work the best for the mar­itime cli­mate and can with­stand gale force winds, abun­dant rain, and oc­ca­sional drought. It has also served to help with se­ces­sion plant­ing in the his­toric parks and to in­form the plant­ings in new ar­eas around the town. This is one of the best ex­am­ples we have seen, and they are to be com­mended for their ef­forts!”

For a com­plete list of the re­sults and the elec­tronic copy of the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom mag­a­zine visit www.com­mu­ni­tiesin­bloom.ca

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