The District of Hope received a Four Bloom rating and a special mention for wood carvings at this year’s National Award Ceremonies in Edmonton earlier this month.
Hope competed in the 3,001 – 6,500 population category.
Following their evaluation of the community, volunteer judges Alex Pearl and Sandy Cairns wrote: “In addition to offering scenic trails and pristine lakes, Hope also offers 82 chainsaw carvings located throughout the town. In fact, Hope is known as the ‘Chainsaw Carving Capital of Canada’.
“The chainsaw carvings were created by local woodcarver Pete Ryan who came up with a proposal to carve a dead tree for the city back in 1991. A tree in Memorial Park had been pulled down due to root rot and a large stump was left. Pete carved this into a beautiful 12-foot eagle and it was an instant hit with both the tourists and town folk. It wasn’t long after that an additional 27 carvings were seen around town sponsored by local businesses. Come and Experience Hope. You’re invited! ”
Communities in Bloom is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of green spaces in community settings. Communities decide whether to participate in the event each year.