The Town of Stettler received a Five Blooms – Bronze rating and a special mention for the Community Orchard during the 2018 National/ International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies held in Strathcona County, Ab.
The community also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Scotts Community of Gardeners Award.
The Town of Stettler participated in the International Challenge (medium) category along with Lewes Delaware, USA; Killarney-Turtle Mountain, Man.; Pincher Creek, Ab.; Jasper, Ab. and Novi Vinodolski, Croatia.
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.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Larry Hall and Bernadette Solon wrote: “The new community orchard is a
wonderful addition to the community as it is now, when completed it will be absolutely outstanding. The scope of this project alone makes it something to be proud of. This will become a legacy project.
“Well done to all of the businesses that have contributed to the project, and especially coordinator, Rob Spencer. The diversity of the 200 fruit trees and bushes, along with the vast planting of 12,000 flowers is very special, and as the peony is the town flower, it was great to see the large number of peonies included in the planting.
“The flowers were a good idea but the inclusion of bee and bat habitats to assist with pollination will make this one of the town sites to be visited and appreciated.”
Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
Communities were evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation: 0 to 55 per cent = 1 Bloom, 56 to 63 per cent = 2 Blooms, 64 to 72 per cent = 3 Blooms, 73 to 81 per cent = 4 Blooms, 82 per cent and over = 5 Blooms.
There are four levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition: 5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9 per cent.
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit www.communitiesinbloom. ca.
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 a 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.