The monument will be getting completely re-done for the Town’s Centennial, which will play into the Communities in Bloom “heritage conservation” judging category. File Photo.

Eckville’s Communities in Bloom preparing for another round of judging

The committee asks residents for help with getting the town ready for the judges on Aug. 8

Eckville’s Communities in Bloom is preparing for another year of competition.

The two judges will be in town on Aug. 8 to experience the town and ultimately give it a rating.

In last year’s competition Eckville was scored at 71 per cent, or three of five blooms, putting them behind the category winners Wabamun, Alta.

The judges will be arriving in the morning for breakfast, followed by a tour of the town and lunch.

Eckville will be judged on floral displays, landscape, urban forestry, heritage conservation, environmental action and tidiness.

In order to improve on last year’s score the committee is looking to get the community more involved.

Residents can help by mowing their lawns, tending to gardens and picking up litter.

Improvement in the tidiness category began with a community clean up on May 8, as well as a dog park clean up.

The committee will also be able to show off the extension of the walking trail and the monument being re-done for the Town’s 100th Anniversary celebration as future projects for their overall score.

One of the critiques Eckville received during last year’s competition was “the business community could have pursued a greater role” in the process.

This year the committee will be looking for a simple way to get the local businesses involved in the Communities in Bloom initiative.

Between now and when the judges arrive the committee will be working on paperwork, a tour itinerary and working to assure the community looks its best.

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