“For the first time in history, Strathmore received five blooms,” said Rob Pirie, from Strathmore Communities in Bloom.
The community was judged in the provincial competition last summer, and on February 6 Communities in Bloom went before town council in order to give a review on the judging.
The town’s overall grade was 82 per cent.
The town’s strengths were in floral displays, environmental action, urban forestry and tidiness.
Their weakest areas were in heritage conservation, and landscapes.
Many of the recommendations provided by the judges are already being acted on, explained Pirie.
A few of the places where the town can improve are in commercial landscaping and weed control. Pirie explained that Communities in Bloom have reached out to the Strathmore and District Chamber of Commerce to address those issues.
“The judges were impressed with council for its transparency, it’s planning in particular the downtown revitilization,” he said.
Pirie thanked the council and town staff for their support during the judging.
“We appreciated the support of council throughout the year, but in particular on the day we were judged,” he said. The town provided a van that was used during a tour for the judges, and councillor Denise Peterson worked their driver. Councillor Bob Sobol attended the provincial banquet, and they thanked the councillors for attending the local banquet for the judges.
He also thanked the town’s staff for working on the project.
“Staff time to support this initiative was key,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for that support,” he said.
Judges also noted the Western District Historical Society’s walking app, but they suggested that more signs be placed in strategic areas in the town and that the app be promoted.
In the future, Communities in Bloom will be working with the town to enhance the overall impression of the town as visitors arrive, like the view of the welcome signs and the highway corridors area.
“Strathmore is doing a tremendous amount right,” he said.
“Communities in Bloom is a huge asset for Strathmore,” said councillor Melanie Corbiell.
“It’s for people to actually take pride in where we live. And strive to be better,” she said.
On March 2, at 10 a.m. Communities in Bloom will be hosting a spring workshop at the Strathmore Municipal Library. The group has decided not to be evaluated this summer, in order for the town, town staff and members of communities in bloom to have time to improve.