Five blooms for Barrie

Communities In Bloom hands out annual awards

Barrie has received five blooms – a silver rating – from Communities in Bloom for the Tall Trees Park, Forestry Education Initiative.

The City of Barrie can be truly congratulated for how it engages and celebrates forward-looking parks design, floral excellence and city events with its citizens

— Communities in Bloom

Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.

“At a time when Canada is experiencing continued climate change, one of the more effective ways to deal with increased carbon is to plant and ensure the survival of trees. The City of Barrie actively engages its citizens and particularly its school population in the care and health of the urban forest. Active outreach sessions and curriculum content are provided by skilled City of Barrie forestry staff. The interpretive signage program forms an important benchmark example of how the city is able to protect, interpret and utilize its forested outdoors as an active outdoor classroom and science lab. The City is demonstrating proactive preservation policies in advance of utilizing recently-annexed lands with contiguous environmental corridors and protected woodlands.”

Barrie participated in the International Challenge Large category along with Coquitlam BC; Halesowen UK; Lexington KY USA; Székesfehérvár Hungary and Wood Buffalo AB.

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. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada.

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