NOTL: tidy up for judges
Communities in Bloom judges met Lord Mayor Pat Darte and Deputy Mayor John Wiens in Simcoe Park when they were in town last summer for the national competition. Their evaluation sent the town to the international level.Judges will be in town Tuesday to Thursday. Photo by Tony Chisholm
If you live in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you're being asked to tidy up - the judges are coming.
The Town is participating in the Communities in Bloom international challenge, after two successful years and a win at the national level, and the judges will be here to evaluate what they see from Tuesday to Thursday.
The judges are Berta Briggs from Wetaskiwin, AB and Bernadette Solon from Mullingar, Ireland, and the town is encouraging all businesses and residents to help by tidying up their property before the judges arrive. it represents our judgement at the International level after 2 very successful years and a win at the National level. They will meet at the Prince of Wales Tuesday afternoo, and will visit highlights of all corners of town, including Queens Royal Park and the Shaw gardens, and a carriage ride through the Old Town.
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and to improving quality of life through community participation and a national challenge.
The national and international results will be announced in Ottawa from Sept. 13 to 16, during a symposium and awards ceremonies.
To support the educational aspect of its activities, the organization established the Communities in Bloom Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to funding, developing, and disseminating education and awareness on the value, improvement, importance and sustainable development of green spaces and natural environment in Canada.
The town, competing against communities in the medium category with populations of 8,000 to 20,000 people, is up against Beaumont, AB, Brooks, AB, Dauphin, MB, Grado, Italy, Opatija, Croatia, and Rosemère, QC.
The Town will be scored under the following criteria:
Tidiness - includes all parks and public spaces, boulevards, streets, sidewalks, ditches, roads and properties
Environmental Action - includes our policies and by-laws on waste reduction and reduce/reuse/recycle efforts, water conservation, naturalization and environmental stewardship and sustainable development in green spaces
Heritage Conservation - includes preservation of our natural heritage, as well as our cultural heritage (monuments, memorials, museums, events) and the integration of landscape and streetscapes with our built heritage
Urban Forestry - includes policies, by-laws and standards for tree management, tree placement, tree inventory and commemorative trees, as well as pest management practices
Landscape - includes how we create an environment to showcase our overall surroundings, looking at things such as the balance of plants, materials and construction
Floral Displays - includes all efforts to design, plan, execute, and maintain floral displays and takes into account originality, location, diversity, colour and harmony