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Media Release: Town Wins Communities In Bloom Award

Niagara on-the-Lake Communities in Bloom

The Town’s Communities in Bloom (CIB) Committee is in its third year of competition and which launched its 2017 program. The International judging will take place Tuesday July 18 to Thursday July 20, 2017.

In 2016 we hosted a few events have already took place this spring, including a special Tulip Ceremony with the NOTL Horticultural Society to recognize the 700 tulips received last fall by the Dutch-Canadian Tulip Festival. As well, 300 tree saplings, donated by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, were planted by the St. Davids Scouts and other volunteers at Rye Heritage Park, Newark Park, and William Nassau Park.

Following the CIB panel assessment in summer 2016, the Town received a “5 Bloom - Silver” rating and was won in its population category (9,001-25,000) in the National Competition. 

We will be announcing soon when the International Communities in Bloom judges will visit Niagara-on-the-Lake. They will review and score our community as we compete against International communities.  

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

What is Communities in Bloom?
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.

How Can You participate?
Communities in Bloom provides residents in all our neighborhoods - Old Town, Queenston, St. Davids, Glendale and Virgil - with an opportunity to showcase our many wonderful horticultural, environmental, and heritage preservation initiatives.  We need help from all our residents, business owners, community organizations, churches, schools and other institution to tidy up their properties and be creatively appealing with their gardens and yards. Please contact us if you would like to share your ideas or volunteer your time and expertise to help us compete in the CIB program.
 
 
 
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Contact
Kevin Turcotte, Manager of Parks and Recreation
905-468-3266 or cib@notl.org
 
 
2016 Sponsors (Cash Donations):                   2016 Sponsors (In Kind Donations):
St. Davids Lions Club
Richard Andrews Barrister & Solicitor
Landscape Florida
Farr Drainage
Penner Lumber & Builders' Supplies
Lakeview Vineyard Equipment
All Green Irrigation
NOTL Golf Club
Phil's ValuMart
Greaves Jams & Marmalades Ltd
Just Christmas
Kelly & Sylvia Klassen
JB Hopkins
Steven Gray
Sean Simpson
Bill & Lynn Hope
Oban Inn
NOTL Golf Course
Ravine Restaurant
Sentineal Carriages
Zoom bicycles
Niagara this Week
Niagara Advance
Penner Home Hardware
Peller Winery
Vineland Research Centre
Regal Florist
Parks Canada
Andrew Peller Ltd
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
 
2015 Sponsors (Cash Donations):                   2015 Sponsors (In Kind Donations):
NOTL Golf Course
Lewiston/Queenston Rotary Club
Betty Disero
Tony Chisholm
Richard Coyne
Parks Canada
Friends of Fort George
NOTL Horticultural Society
Shoppers Drug Mart
Tree sale fundraiser
Michael Crane
Ronald Clavier
Denise Mathers
Palatine Roses
Two Sisters Winery
Mori Gardens
Regal Florist
Oban Inn
Neob Lavendar
Niagara Advance
Niagara this week
Vineland research Centre
Niagara College
Sentineal Carriages
John Morley
Rene
Penner Home Hardware
Ravine Winery
Trius Winery
Reif Winery
Paletine Hills Estate

 

Media Sponsors:
• Niagara Advance
 Niagara This Week (Town Crier)