Amherst ready to bloom?

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Communities in Bloom judges tour the town

The judges are here, and are impressed with what they are seeing so far.

Communities in Bloom judges Brendan Casement and Robert Magill arrived for a two-day stay in Amherst yesterday, as part of a cross-country tour of eight participating communities in the category for populations of 5,001 to 10,000.

Amherst ready to bloom?

The judges are here, and are impressed with what they are seeing so far.

Communities in Bloom judges Brendan Casement and Robert Magill arrived for a two-day stay in Amherst yesterday, as part of a cross-country tour of eight participating communities in the category for populations of 5,001 to 10,000.

"There are a number of older houses and buildings, which kind of impressed us, especially when we came and saw the sandstone buildings downtown," said Casement, a retired horticulturalist from Edmonton. "They last a long time and can be renovated and reused."

The judges were also impressed with the level of involvement of service clubs in the community, as well as the range of types of trees planted in town, and its floral displays, according to Magill.

Yesterday they visited the McDonald's Rotary Park on Beacon Street, where they admired the trail system along the stream.

"We're not trying to compare (the communities) because each one is individual, with its own environment and layout, which could be entirely different from one community to the other," said Magill.

The judges are looking at eight main categories during their visit: tidiness, environmental awareness, community involvement, heritage conservation, tree management, landscaped areas, floral displays and turf and groundcovers.

Forty per cent of the community's score is based on what the municipality has done, while 20 per cent each is based on commercial/industrial, non-profit groups like churches and service clubs, and residential efforts.

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 the challenge of a national and international competition.

The results will be announced in Moncton, N.B. on Sept. 22.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: McDonald's

Geographic location: Amherst, Edmonton, Rotary Park Beacon Street Moncton

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