Barriere readies for Communities in Bloom

Volunteers build and install four new planters in Fadear Park

(L to r) Volunteers Mike Fennell

Rain showers did not stop a number of enthusiastic volunteers on Saturday, June 2, from working in Fadear Park to start on the work for Barriere’s participation in the 2012 Communities In Bloom event.

Work on large planters had begun the day before, to prepare the lumber and to colour it with stain donated by the Irly Building Centre/Barriere TIM-BR Mart.

Preparation and assembly of the planters on-site was done by  Mike Fennell, Edie Doering, Bruce Watt, Chris Matthews, Darryl Buchanan and Virginia Smith.

After donating their time to ready the planters, the group’s consensus was that the job had  been done “just right“.

A casual visitor to the park commented “Those people must really like what they are doing, or they wouldn’t be working so hard and fast.”

The next job, with additional volunteers, was to fill the planters with topsoil, donated and delivered in a dump truck by the Mitchell Cattle Co.

Marigolds were then planted into the four flower boxes, with thanks going to Barb Buchanan who donated 300 plants that she had raised from seeds at her home.  Buchanan also assisted with the plantings with help from her grandsons.

District of Barriere Councilor and Communities in Bloom Committee Chair, Virginia Graham Smith, also donated flats of marigolds for the planters.

A donation of cake and coffee from Smith was welcome refreshment for everyone.

“We thank everyone who participated in this work-bee,” said the councillor, “We are lucky to have such generous residents in our town to support Communities in Bloom.  We had the use of a tractor from Rollie Vielfaure, there were trailers and tools provided for our use, and Steve Shannon advertised the event on our very own radio station “The Bear 93.1 FM. This is our first time to take part in Communities In Bloom, and if nothing else, we will have learned much from the experience, which will help us next year.”


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