On a rainy Saturday, June 16m West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation volunteers roamed the roadsides of the community, cleaning up litter and garbage. The event marked the beginning of this year’s Communities in Bloom competition joint entry by the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.
Approximately 65 volunteers took part in the clean-up effort and, after the hard work, were treated to a barbeque at the Westbank Lions Hall sponsored by CIBC with the Lions Club cooking.
Members of the SunRidge, Potter’s House, Westside Alliance and Powers Creek churches as well as some people from Paynter’s Market cleaned areas throughout the community. On Friday, June 15 members of the Liquid Lightening Swim Club cleaned around Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre and members of Emmanuel Church cleaned two areas on Wednesday and Thursday.
The effort is in line with the principles of the Communities in Bloom competition which evaluates a community on tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape, turf and groundcovers, floral displays and community involvement.
Judging in another Communities In Bloom endeavor will take place June 20. The Most Beautiful Contest provides residents with the opportunity to put their gardening and yard maintenance skills to the test and see who the “Most Beautiful” is in these categories:
- Container Garden
- Edible Garden
- New this year, Most Beautiful Tree
To enter the 2012 Most Beautiful Contest call District of West Kelowna Recreation and Culture at 778-797-8800. Entry is free and winners receive a keepsake and are invited to an award presentation when our National Communities in Bloom judges visit in July.