||Instituted in 1995, Communities in Blooms has become a program of country wide significance and importance. Last year was the fifth consecutive year that the Town of Richmond Hill was involved in the Communities in Bloom program and the third consecutive year Richmond Hill had participated in the 100,000 - 300,000 population category at the national level.
|Photo: 2003 CIB Photo Contest, Lance Gitter
The Adopt-a-Spot program gives individuals and groups a public way to show pride in the community and to help Richmond Hill become a cleaner, safer, healthier and more attractive place to live and work. The program presents a variety of opportunities for participants to partner their efforts and resources with the Town in order to make the community more appealing.
By adopting a spot an individual or group assumes the responsibility for its regular care. Spots that may be adopted include: streets, corners, ravines, parks, trails, gardens, vacant lots, fences, medians or stretches of roadway. For information on how to Adopt-a-Spot call (905) 884-8013.
Organize a spring clean-up of a park, stream or vacant lot
Paint and/or landscape a fence
Dig up some of the grass on our lawns and replace it with native species of shrubs and flowers
Use wood chip mulch on our flower beds and around shrubs and trees to keep soil moist
Plant a container garden in front of our homes and business
Create a garden for butterflies and birds
Install a pond to create a habitant for wildlife
Plant a commemorative native tree at a local park, school or business
Safely collect rainwater in barrels and re-use it on our gardens
Pick up litter whenever we see it
Tidy up our neighbourhood
Cut our lawns and pull weeds by hand instead of using a herbicide
Repair, restore and preserve heritage sites
Celebrate our ethnic heritage
Community involvement is a big part of the criteria for the Communities in Bloom Program. In the past the strength of the community involvement has been very impressive. Let's keep it up! Here are some ways that you can help create a welcoming environment throughout Richmond Hill:
||Photo: 2003 CIB Photo Contest, Joe Galluzzi
For more information on tree planting events, programs, clean up days or other ways to become involved, call (905) 884-8013, ext.4407.
We are proud of our accomplishments:
2003 National Awards - "National Champions"
5 Bloom Rating and a Special Recognition Award for our Floral Displays
2002 National Awards
5 Bloom Rating and Special Recognition Award for our Park System
2001 National Awards
4 Bloom Rating and a Special Recognition Award for Heritage Restoration
2000 Provincial Awards
4 Bloom Rating and a Special Recognition Award for Landscape Areas