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HRM a Five-Bloom Winner

(Wednesday, September 22/2004)-- Halifax Regional Municipality has been awarded five (5) blooms (highest achievable bloom rating) in the non-competitive National Capitals category of the national Communities in Bloom competition.

Also, HRM was awarded a special mention for rehabilitation of Halifax Public Gardens as a result of the devastation left by Hurricane Juan last September.

National judges with the Communities in Bloom organization visited and evaluated Halifax Regional Municipality in August on overall tidiness, urban forestry, landscaped areas, floral displays, turf and groundcover areas, environmental effort, heritage preservation, and community involvement.

During their two day visit and tour of HRM, they met with front line staff, volunteers and community representatives; attended social functions; and received briefings from business unit leaders on topics of environmental awareness, heritage preservation, and HRM corporate programs.
Communities in Bloom is a non-profit Canadian organization that promotes the opportunity for communities across Canada to compete in a friendly challenge of beautification, tidiness and community pride. Several hundred communities compete each year to win at the provincial level, allowing them to represent their provinces at the national competition.

Winners of the national competition can go on to compete internationally. HRM is a charter member of the organization, which this year celebrated the 10th anniversary of the program. In past years, the municipality has been awarded special mention for tidiness and recycling, waterfront development, and floral displays. In 2003, HRM and Aberdeen, Scotland were each awarded five (5) blooms and declared winners in the International Challenge, where winning communities from Canada were twinned with winning communities from other national contests (Britain in Bloom, Villes et Villages fleuris de France, America in Bloom, Japan in Bloom)

Rick DeVan, said “The success of our community in this year’s competition is a result of hard work and dedication by municipal staff, volunteers, community, and business associations. We have a community of which to be proud and this program allows us the opportunity to establish information and cultural exchanges with communities across Canada and abroad.

Rick DeVan
Real Property and Asset Management
(902) 490-4872

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