Western blossoms in Communities in Bloom competition
I often refer to Western as Canada’s most beautiful campus. It was thrilling to get some external validation of that position in September when our campus received the top award in the Parks and Grounds division of the 2004 Communities in Bloom competition.
This was the first time Western entered the competition, a nation-wide beautification program that judges cities, towns, villages and large institutions in the categories of floral displays, landscapes, turf, urban forestry, community involvement, heritage conservation, environmental awareness and tidiness. Western received five “blooms,” the maximum that can be awarded. By way of comparison, Banff National Park, also in our category, received four blooms.
Judges made particular note of the following in their evaluation:
- Western’s cooperative relationship with neighboring areas and with the City of London, including a program designed to curb the amount of waste left in areas around campus
- The beautifully preserved heritage buildings and how recent buildings are in harmony with the architectural origins of the campus
- The overall condition of the grounds, including roadways and walkways, and the buildings, including faculty buildings and student residences
- Various volunteer and fundraising initiatives coordinated by the University Students’ Council
This honour is a strong testament to the hard work our grounds staff put in each and every day to maintain the campus grounds, and inspires us all to celebrate working amidst the natural and architectural beauty of what we can safely argue is Canada’s most attractive campus.
To share your views please reply to Paul.Davenport@uwo.ca
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