On October 9, 2016, in Regina, Saskatchewan, the Town of Rosemère was honoured with 5 Silver Blooms as well as a special mention for "Riverbank Enhancement" at the National and International Awards ceremony capping the 2016 edition of Communities in Bloom. The Town of Rosemère went up against five other municipalities in the International Challenge (Large) category: Fairhope, Alabama USA; Lambton Shores, ON, Canada; Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland; Morro Bay, California USA & Omagh Town, Fermanagh & Omagh District, Northern Ireland, UK.
During the summer, volunteer judges crisscrossed the streets of Rosemère to evaluate the town according to very specific criteria such as: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. "Rosemère’s residents can rightfully be proud of the results of this 2016 edition, since they contribute to the beautification of Rosemère’s enchanting and attractive environment,” noted mayor Madeleine Leduc.
In fact, during their visit, the volunteer judges were impressed by the Town’s many efforts to preserve its country charm. "The natural wooded areas along the shoreline were enriched with black maples, a rare species in Québec. The rich natural habitats along the Mille-Îles River and Dog River were developed to allow for the observation and interpretation of the areas’ flora and wildlife," they noted in their evaluation report.
Given the current context of climate change and environmental concerns, municipalities participating in the "Communities in Bloom” competition can take pride in their efforts, which bring concrete and significant solutions to environmental issues for the benefit of society as a whole.
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.