National Communities In Bloom competition
Amherst has received four blooms in the 2013 National Communities in Bloom competition.
Communities In Bloom judges Berta Briggs and Jim Baird look over floral displays in Victoria Square during a visit to Amherst in July. Amherst received a four-bloom rating in the national competiton, the results of which were announced this week.
AMHERST – Amherst has once again fared well in the national Communities In Bloom competition.
Amherst received a four-bloom rating and a special mention for Victoria Square during the 2013 National Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Ottawa-Gatineau over the weekend.
The town participated in the 5,001 to 10,000 population category.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Berta Briggs and Jim Baird praised Amherst for its historic downtown.
“The Centre First Strategy is being implemented with full streetscape improvements and plantings,” the judges wrote. “The adjacent Victoria Square is the focus of the town activity. The design has incorporated the historic war memorial but has also included modern design features and a performance space.
“The plantings between the square and the adjacent historic buildings were well done and add to the relaxing atmosphere of the space. The town is now looking to expand festivals and programs so that citizens and visitors alike can experience what Amherst has to offer.”
The judges were looking at six criteria including tidiness, environmental awareness, heritage preservation, landscaping design, urban forest and floral displays.
Briggs and Baird visited Amherst in July, touring the downtown, the industrial park, Lions Park, Dickey Park and the community gardens on East Pleasant Street.
Briggs had visited the town before and liked the changes that had been made.
Southwest Middlesex, Ont. took top spot in the category. Yarmouth was in the same category as Amherst, receiving five blooms. Yarmouth also received the CNLA Environmental Action Award.
Communities In Bloom is a national 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.