TRURO - The Town of Truro received a five-bloom rating and special mention for its 2013 urban tree-planting program by the national Communities in Bloom.
The town was recognized for its efforts during the 2013 national symposium and awards ceremonies held on Oct. 25 and 26 in Ottawa-Gatineau. The community participated in the 10,001 to 35,000-population category.
The Truro Tree Commission has been in existence since 1972. Initially, its role was to address the anticipated arrival of Dutch elm disease within Truro's urban forest.
The first annual urban tree-planting program took place during the spring of 1974 on Arbor Day. Between 1974 and 2006, the town sponsored an annual spring tree-planting program, selling up to 120 trees to residents and businesses.
Efforts to increase tree planting have continued with both a potted seeding sale and tree planting rebate program open to residents of Truro.
A complete list of results is available on the Communities in Bloom website at www.communitiesinbloom.ca.