City of Pickering Wins Provincial & Environmental Communities in Bloom Awards

    PICKERING, ON, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Despite being a first time participant,
the City of Pickering has been awarded Five Blooms, the highest possible
rating, at the 2007 Communities in Bloom Ontario Awards Conference, while also
receiving the Environmental Awareness Award in recognition of its work in
    Participating communities were evaluated on eight criteria - Tidiness;
Environmental Awareness; Community Involvement; Natural and Cultural Heritage
Conservation; Tree/Urban Forest Management; Landscaped Areas; Floral Displays;
Turf and Groundcovers. Pickering's inaugural entry eclipsed all expectations,
by excelling in most of the criteria, and earning an unprecedented yet
well-deserved Five Blooms rating. This accomplishment is one of the very few
instances where a municipality has been awarded this most prestigious rating
for its first ever campaign.
    "Being judged as one of Ontario's very best Communities in Bloom
municipalities is a watershed moment in Pickering's history," said Mayor Dave
Ryan, Communities in Bloom Advisory Committee Co-chair. "I am very proud of
the outstanding effort put forth which is demonstrative of the pride, passion
and commitment that exists in our community."
    In addition to being awarded the Five Blooms rating, the City of
Pickering capped off an extraordinary campaign by also winning the 2007
Environmental Awareness Award. "Communities in Bloom is an integral part of
the City of Pickering's Sustainability journey," said Regional Councillor Bill
McLean, Communities in Bloom Advisory Committee Co-Chair. "Pickering is
striving to be the most sustainable municipality in Ontario, and winning the
Environmental Awareness Award affirms the progress we are making."
    In their evaluation, the Communities in Bloom judges had several glowing
comments. "The City of Pickering has not only developed well thought out
programming that touches every one of the judging criteria, but brilliant
marketing programs with realistic goals measure the success of each of the
programs." "All too often we do not see the value and unique heritage of our
own community. As visitors, this tour of Pickering has brought lasting
memories and the privilege of meeting a vast array of extraordinary people."
    For more information on the City of Pickering's Sustainability and
Communities in Bloom initiatives, please visit


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For further information: Media Contacts: Tom Melymuk, Director, Office
of Sustainability, (905) 420-4660 ext. 4636,;
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