Five Blooms and a Special Mention

Five Blooms and a Special Mention

The National Battlefields Park walks away with five blooms and a special mention

Quebec, October 17, 2012 – The National Battlefields Park, a finalist in the ‘special attractions’ category at the national edition of Communities in Bloom, walked away with five blooms and a special mention for ‘green residue management’ at the national awards ceremony in Edmonton last October 13 and 14.

This 18th edition paid tribute to communities from all over Canada as well as from Europe, Singapore and Japan. The participating communities were assessed by a panel of volunteer professional judges on the achievements of the entire community, according to eight criteria: cleanliness, environmental action, heritage protection, urban forestry, landscape, turf and ground covers, floral displays and community involvement.

The National Battlefields Commission, which has adopted a Sustainable Development Policy since November 2010, proudly accepts this honour, a tribute to its efforts. “The residues from the pruning of numerous trees (wood chips) are treated like an invaluable resource by the persons responsible for the site. This biomass is used to produce living and bio-diversified forest mulch or as a carbon addition to the compost made on site. These operations constitute an ecological means of treating these residues without resorting to expensive transport generating GHG (greenhouse gas), and they add value to plant maintenance”, as summed up by Odette Sabourin-Dumais and Jean-Jacques Lincourt, judges for Communities in Bloom, when referring to Battlefields Park.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to promoting civic pride, environmental accountability and the improvement of the living environment through community involvement and the challenge of a national program. The development of green spaces in a city environment is at the core of its mission.

Battlefields Park was created over one hundred years ago. It includes, among other features, the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park. Nowadays, the National Battlefields Commission oversees the preservation and development of this magnificent urban park, which ranks among the most prestigious in the world. True lungs in the heart of the city, this rallying site welcomes four million local and foreign visitors annually.
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National Battlefields Commission
www.theplainsofabraham.ca

Communities in Bloom National Office
www.collectivitesenfleurs.ca

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