Volunteers Deck the Boughs

Wednesday November 16, 2011

A volunteer contingent from the Espanola Horticulture Society decked the boughs with balls and bows as part of the annual winter hanging basket initiative.

Twelve volunteers laboured for a collective contribution of approximately 60 hours of volunteer work. Cynthia Townsend, CAO for The Town of Espanola recognizes the beautification value of the hanging basket initiative.  "Without such diligent and caring volunteers small municipalities such as ours would not necessarily have the resources to make such projects possible.  Though volunteer generosity and commitment is not easily measured it's useful to assign a monetary value to those contributions. The hours of work to prepare the baskets could be costed out at well over a thousand dollars."

The hanging winter basket initiative began in 2007 in response to a community beautification evaluation done by national judges from the Winterlights Competition. The judges noted that decorations for daytime viewing would augment the Town’s beautification efforts. The Espanola Horticulture Society has enthusiastically decked the boughs ever since.

For more information contact:
Cheryl Kennelly
Program Manager
Espanola Regional Recreation Complex
705-869-1961 ext. 221
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