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Communities in Bloom Blog #5: Comparing Past Campaigns

 

For this week’s blog post we here at Communities in Bloom Brockville have decided to switch things up and go backwards to discuss some evaluations from our past, while we are eagerly awaiting our 2018 results. As stated in previous posts, Brockville had an elongated absence from competition from 2005 until 2017, so we thought it would be a fun exercise to compare the evaluations and see what changed over the years between our most recent campaigns. The Grades for each year are shown in the graph below:

 

Sectors of Evaluation

2002

2003

2004

2005

2017

Community involvement

86/100

91/100

91.5/100

106/125

N/A

Environmental Action

82/100

83/100

80.5/100

98/125

119/150

Floral Displays

113/150

112/150

110.5/150

103/125

145/175

Heritage Conservation

84/100

85/100

87.5/100

101/125

119/150

Landscaped Areas

117/150

112/150

110.5/150

107/125

155/200

Tidiness

83/100

83/100

85/100

113/125

121/150

Turf & Ground-covers

110/150

118/150

116/150

105/125

N/A

Urban Forestry & Trails   

116/150

116/150

112.5/150

98/125

132/175

Totals

791/1000

79.1%

800/1000

80.0%

794/1000

79.4%

831/1000

83.1%

792/1000

79.2%

 

 

As you can see, last year we were a mere 3.9% away from matching our 5-bloom performance set back in 2005. This feat was described as “an unprecedented achievement” by our judges, they continued on to say that “coming back after 12 years and being so close to 5-blooms is very rare. It shows us that your community doesn’t just take care of itself when the judges are around, it’s instilled into Brockville to remain in tip-top shape.”

 

After reading through the evaluations of these previous years, it is incredible to see just how well maintained Brockville is; we’ve stayed within 3% of 5-Blooms every year since we started, and have managed to only have a 4% gap between our highest scoring campaign (2005) and our lowest scoring campaign (2002). For us to remain so close to a 5-bloom score after 12 years of absence is an incredible feat in and of itself, however we truly believe that this year’s campaign had the necessary improvements to get Brockville back into the 5-bloom club.

 

As you can see with the scoring above, the criteria can change any given year, however each campaign has constants that will always be around. The “main” 6 sectors include Environmental Action, Floral Displays, Heritage Conservation, Landscaped Areas, Tidiness, and Urban Forestry & Trails, with the previous other categories broken down to fit into the main 6 sectors more efficiently. Community involvement was a major category for many years, however it has since been broken down and is now a sub-category in every sector along with the residential, institutional, and municipal aspects. The Turf & Groundcovers sector was also broken down, however most of the points from it were allocated into the Landscaped Areas, instead of evenly dispersing them evenly throughout all 6 sectors like community involvement did.

 

We are confident that this year’s campaign has topped 2017’s, and it may even take down our highest score set back in 2005, however we will have to wait for another couple of months to find out what score we received. Who knows, we may even be able to receive another provincial award this year, since last year we took home the award in the Tidiness field. We are eagerly awaiting our results, and we will share them as soon as they are available to us, so keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates!

 

Just because the judges have taken their tour of Brockville doesn’t mean we’re done for the year, we still have some exciting plans in the works… So be sure to watch our page for news, and keep a lookout for improvements around town!

 

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