Kent won’t compete in 2011 Bloom contest

The District of Kent won’t be competing in the 2011 Communities in Bloom contest.

The annual contest sees judges travel around the province, and Canada, in search of communities that pass a set of criteria.

Last year, the District of Kent won Five Blooms, the highest honour in the contest.

However, much of that work fell on district staff, and a volunteer crew which now needs replenishing.

So, the decision was made on Monday night to hold off competing in this year’s contest. Instead, district staff hopes to spend their time bulking up the volunteer committee and rallying local businesses, before then delving back into the contest the following year.

Communities can bow out for one year, and still keep their Five Bloom status, Kerry Hilts, Director of Recreation and Community Services told council.

“We can’t carry forward with the existing committee,” he said, and they will be actively seeking out new members to breathe new life into the project.

Several projects around town are connected to the Communities in Bloom committee, including the many daffodils seen in the spring.

For more information, contact the District at 604-796-2235.