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Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

Communities in Bloom series

July 19, 2003

Community partnership blooms

Volunteers clean up trash at 10th Line parking lot of Ducks Unlimited property, for Communities in Bloom.

Community Partnership Blooms

By Cathy Nesbitt

On July 8th, a crew of volunteers from the Voices of Yesterday and Today project participated in a wonderful community clean up, at the Ducks Unlimited parking lot on the 10th Line of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Voices of Yesterday and Today is a local youth group working to create a history of Bradford West Gwillimbury, from a youth perspective. They hope to have a book available for sale at Carrotfest. All proceeds from the publication will go to the Children's Aid Foundation of Simcoe County.

The parking lot had clearly served as a dumping ground for some time. In a short two hours, the group had managed to fill 2 Public Works trucks with debris - including a mattress, broken glass, several bags of garbage and construction waste. Public Works dropped off barrels ahead of time, to assist in the clean up, and picked up the collected trash for disposal.

The area was swept and looking almost pristine when we left.

The next project, on July 10th, involved planting flowers at the PetroCanada station and Coffee Time in Bradford. The owners of the 2 businesses each donated $50.00 to purchase flowers, and the project received a donation of a flat of flowers from Joe's Garden Centre and hostas from volunteer Jennifer Gordon.

The team assembled at PetroCanada and divided into 2 groups, one for each location. With tools and hoes in hand, it took a gruelling 4 hours to prepare and plant the abandoned and neglected beds.

Just as the last flowers were put in, it started to rain. Perfect! Their results are beautiful, and all who participated should be proud.

Thank you to Voices of Yesterday & Today participants Ainsley Wronski, Karen Willison, Josh Geisendorf, Richard Michaud, Melissa Cox, Julia Charles and Devlin Balfour, new resident Betty LeGassicke, and passerby "Vince" who got off his bike to help out.

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