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May flowers are among us!

We are sure you can agree with us that it is nice to see the sun shining and the temperature rising into the double digits.

The spring rains, followed by a few sunny days sure have greened things up. Lots of trees are in flower, with leaves about to unfurl, and the tulip buds are bursting.

Spring gardening tips

Spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilacs and deutzias can be pruned back by one-third once they finish putting on their beautiful spring floral displays.

The time is now to get our hands dirty by digging deep into the soil, dividing perennials and adding compost and fertilizer into the flowerbeds and on turf to help promote healthy soil, which in turn will lead to healthier roots and overall stronger and healthier plant growth this season.

Communities in BloomBlooming flowers B

 Did you know that in 2018 Amherst was involved in the provincial edition of Communities in Bloom and received four out five blooms?

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation, with a strong focus on enhancing green spaces within communities.

It was stablished in 1995, with 29 Canadian communities and has grown to improve the quality of life in hundreds of participating communities through its provincial and national editions.

The Town of Amherst has been and continues to be one of those communities that is actively involved within Communities in Bloom. After a short break from competition, Amherst rejoined the provincial edition last year.

The return of the program in 2018 was a great success as Communities in Bloom judge Judith Cabrita awarded Amherst four out of a possible five blooms.

Amherst was evaluated on a criteria-based system as outlined by Communities in Bloom. The areas judged were: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conversation, urban forestry and landscape and floral displays.

In 2018, the committee presented civic awards to several residents who were recognized for making a conscientious effort to not only enhance their personal properties, but also for their hard work and dedication towards enhancing their neighbourhoods and community.

In 2019, the Communities in Bloom Amherst committee will continue to recognize residents. It will also seek to award businesses for their efforts to enhance Amherst.

Communities in Bloom Amherst will host a public meeting on Wednesday, May 15, at 7pm, at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre at 5 Ratchford St. It is inviting anyone who is interested in learning more about Communities in Bloom and interested in making Amherst a better place to live, work, and play to attend. They would like you to share what we, and you, can do to help keep Amherst clean and beautiful. 

Parks and facilities

 After a busy and exciting Fred Page Cup, the ice is now out of the Amherst Stadium and Amherst Recreation is busy with the spring cleaning of our many parks, greenspaces and gardens.

Our seasonal parks students are now on board and are ready to lead our community by example through hard work and a little elbow grease to help create a cleaner, tidier and overall healthier Amherst.

Students can be seen this week picking up litter off our streets, brooks, ditches and parks. Feel free to give them a honk or wave, and let them know their hard work is appreciated!

 As we continue to carry out our routine spring maintenance within our parks and facilities, we kindly ask that you bare with us as we carry out this necessary work. If you should happen to notice areas requiring attention please kindly forward your concerns or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

There are so many great opportunities to get outdoors and be active within our community, and we hope you will take full advantage of all the great parks and facilities that are open for your use.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events or information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Amherst Famers Market - 9 Electric St., Amherst Lions Club – Friday, May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cumberland County Museum Plant Sale - 150 Church St – Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Big Block Party - Dayle’s Grand Market, 129 Victoria St. E. - Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Beginner Line Dancing - YMCA, 92 Church St. - Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.