Island Lake with blades of green grass in the front on a nice sunny day

Five bloom bronze rating achieved in national Communities in Bloom competition

Sep 16, 2017 | General

The Communities in Bloom national results have been announced. The Town of Orangeville achieved a five-bloom bronze rating and a special mention for collaborative partnerships, as announced in Ottawa September 16 at the National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies.
The Town of Orangeville was also a finalist for two Outstanding Achievement Awards -- winning the national Community of Gardeners Award and being one of three finalists for the Canada 150 Award.
Communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation. Results range from one bloom to five blooms. However, there are four levels of five blooms exclusive to the national and international edition. Five blooms is awarded to communities that achieve 82-83.9 percent, bronze is 84-86.9 percent, silver is 87-89.9 percent, and gold is 90 percent and over.

National Communities in Bloom judges toured Orangeville from July 13-15, 2017. They judged the Town on neatness/cleanliness, heritage conservation, floral displays, forestry, landscape, environmental awareness and action, and community participation. The judges looked at municipal property and homes, businesses, churches, and schools. Their tour included the Dufferin County Courthouse, the Lord Dufferin Centre, the garden at Orangeville District Secondary School, the train station, Dragonfly Park, Headwaters Health Care Centre, and Island Lake Public School.

Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Normand Fleury wrote: “Orangeville is a great place to visit and an excellent place to live, work and play because of the positive, collaborative partnerships that have been nurtured. The CiB Committee has transitioned into becoming a Committee of Council and partners well with the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team. The historic charm of Orangeville’s Broadway, Town Hall and Opera House partners with its dynamic future. Orangeville’s Cultural Advantage allows you to admire the arts while you enjoy the scenery. The Horticultural Society’s ‘Garden Angels’ contribute by maintaining a score of locations throughout the town. Service clubs actively collaborate with town projects and services. The celebration of Canada 150 began with the joint raising of the huge Canada flag on its new 80 foot flagpole in Dragonfly Park.”.

For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca