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County of Brant to participate in Communities in Bloom

County of BrantCounty of Brant to participate in Communities in Bloom

The County of Brant announced its participation in the 2024 Communities in Bloom event on Monday, June 17, 2024.

This marks the inaugural year of joining the prestigious Canadian program dedicated to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and beautification through community involvement.

“We are incredibly excited to participate in our first Communities in Bloom event,” said Meghan Hunter, Manager, Parks Capital Planning and Forestry. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a community, enhance our beautiful spaces, and demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability. We are looking forward to showcasing our efforts and celebrating our shared civic pride with the judges.”

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization that encourages municipalities across the country to enhance their green spaces and promote sustainable practices. This year is particularly special as it celebrates the 30th anniversary of Communities in Bloom, and the County of Brant is looking forward to being a part of this milestone event. The colour for 2024 is orange as a tribute to our Indigenous communities, everyone is encouraged to plant orange to show their support.

The judging process is designed to motivate communities to collaborate in creating beautiful, sustainable, and environmentally responsible spaces that enhance residents’ quality of life. Across Canada, dedicated volunteer judges will evaluate municipalities based on six criteria:

  • Environmental Action
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Landscaped Areas
  • Floral Displays
  • Tidiness
  • Urban Forestry and Trails

Judges will tour the County of Brant from July 18 through July 20, 2024 assessing the community’s efforts. Communities are awarded ratings from one to five blooms, with five blooms being the highest rating. High-ranking communities may advance to national and international competitions and could be eligible for special awards in areas such as sustainability, biodiversity, or community involvement.

“We are inviting Brant residents, businesses, and organizations to join in the Communities in Bloom celebrations and prepare for the Judges’ Tour,” Hunter explained. “Everyone in the County of Brant is encouraged to plant orange, pollinator, and native plants, to tidy up their yards and spaces and implement sustainable gardening practices to showcase the County’s Communities in Bloom spirit. Residents can also submit photos of their gardens online through our Engage Brant website and may be featured in our Brant In Bloom Community Profile for the judges.”

The County of Brant is looking forward to a successful and vibrant first year in Communities in Bloom, showcasing the dedicated efforts of a proud and engaged community.

For more information about Communities in Bloom in the County of Brant and how you can get involved, visit brant.ca/BrantInBloom.

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