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Essex achievements recognized at National Communities in Bloom Awards

Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017

The Town of Essex is excited to announce its success at the National/International Communities in Bloom (CiB) Symposium and Awards Ceremonies held in Ottawa-Gatineau from September 13 to 16.

Essex was a finalist in all three categories entered:

  • Class of Champions (Large Category): Essex received a 5 Blooms – Silver rating, which exceeds the national 5 Blooms – Bronze rating received in 2015. The other communities competing in this category were Leduc, Alberta (population 55,678) and Brandon, Manitoba (population 48,859). Essex has a population of 20,427.
  • Winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Bees Matter Pollinator Friendly Community Award: Distribution of “Buzzing Gardens” seed packages and educational programs offered at local day care centres, along with private efforts to sustain local honey bee populations, won Essex this outstanding achievement award.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Action: Essex was named runner up in this category, noting Colchester Harbour’s certification as a Blue Flag Marina.

Essex also received special recognition for Town Ambassadors Bloomer and Petunia. Following their community evaluation in July, volunteer judges Marylaine de Chantal and Larry Hall wrote: “When attending a town function in Essex chances are you will see the two town mascots there as well. Bloomer and Petunia have been created by the Communities in Bloom committee to promote the goals of the CiB program. These two colorful and happy mascots attend community events such as tree plantings, spring clean-up, and social events. The young just hover around these two characters while the older generation recognizes the positive impact being generated.”

Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services, is pleased with the competition results.

“It is very rewarding for Essex to be recognized,” says Sweet. “Our Communities in Bloom Committee and municipal staff are always looking for ways to enhance our beautification and environmental action programs. Recognition by the national judges is validation that the CiB program continues to make valuable contributions to enhancing the quality of life in Essex.”