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