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In 2016, Cobourg won 5 blooms in the Ontario Communities in Bloom competition. This year, Cobourg entered the National competition – other entries in the 15,001 - 50,000 population category were from Amherstburg ON, Dorval QC, Leamington ON, Mission BC and Orangeville ON. Although all entries won 5 blooms with scores of 84 to 86.9%, Cobourg came first with a special mention for Heritage Conservation. In addition, we also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Butchart Gardens Land Reclamation Award. Judging took place July 13, 2017 and evaluated Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays. The announcement was in Ottawa on September 16.

A press release from the Communities in Bloom National Committee says:

CIB 2017 JudgesFollowing their evaluation, volunteer judges Lorna McIlroy and Normand Fleury wrote:

“The Town of Cobourg has plenty to celebrate with an outstanding harbor, sandy beach, waterfront promenade, brilliant floral displays that include a Floral Clock and majestic tree-lined streets.  Local groups focus on the preservation of Cobourg’s diverse natural heritage. One such group is the Cobourg Ecology Garden whose members increase awareness and share the need to protect and maintain green space and native species while beautifying the community.  However, for Canada’s sesquicentennial, Cobourg is particularly celebrating the heritage of its historic buildings and the owners who have authentically restored them with special signage to designate those that have existed for 150 years or more.  Cobourg has four heritage districts, representing over 584 properties with 217 more having potential value.  Their Heritage Master Plan guides conservation.  A choice of self-guided walking tours provides a sampling of local history and heritage styles. Unquestionably, Cobourg, Ontario’s ‘Feel Good Town’, feels good about itself!

Cobourg 2017 Award CIBCobourg Internet reported on a related Garden Competition and the judging in July here.

The Communities in Bloom effort for 2017 was organized by an Ad Hoc committee chaired by Gina Brouwer with major support by Cobourg’s Parks Manager, Teresa Behan (Advisory committees listed here).  However, the win happened because of contributions from many groups – notably the Town’s Parks Department, the Ecology garden volunteers and everyone involved in the preservation and showing of Cobourg’s Heritage. 

At right is the award that was presented.



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