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Beautify your neighbourhood with BTA help

Residents looking to beautify their neighbourhoods can now participate in an innovative initiative managed by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

The Neighbourhood Beautification Project, launched today, invites the public to submit applications online to receive support in making their areas look better.

According to a BTA press release, successful submissions will get the tools and expertise of local businesses and organisations to plan, organise and implement a series of activities resulting in the beautification of the roadway in their area.

BTA chief operating officer Karla Lacey said in a statement: “Not only does this initiative serve a practical purpose, such as clearing and beautifying roadsides in Bermuda, it also serves to reconnect residents by providing an opportunity to create and maintain something special together that directly impacts where they live.

“The outcome will be beneficial to their neighbourhood and to Bermuda and our tourism product as a whole.”

Eligible neighbourhoods must be near a visitor destination or in a tourism transportation corridor. The neighbourhood also must designate a team leader who will be responsible for organising volunteers and ensuring beautification standards are maintained throughout each phase of the three-part initiative. A full list of criteria is available on the BTA's corporate website where applications can be submitted electronically.

Resident volunteers from Horseshoe Road and Lighthouse Road participated in the Neighborhood Beautification Project as pilots earlier this year with the BTA reporting diverse resident engagement, clear aesthetic results, and positive feedback.

Dave Blakeney, neighbourhood leader at Lighthouse Road, said: “These efforts are done out of love for our Island,” said. “We are Bermudians and residents working together to shine our light for the community and tourists who visit our island.”

SAL Limited, Keep Bermuda Beautiful, Bermuda Landscaping Association and Southampton Parish Council have all partnered with the BTA during the pilot process.

Applications will be accepted online until June 30. Successful submissions will be notified at the beginning of August and prioritised to enter the program from September onward.

Lighthouse Road, Southampton, where residents took part in a pilot beautification project earlier this year (Photograph supplied)

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Published June 05, 2016 at 7:22 pm (Updated June 05, 2016 at 7:22 pm)

Beautify your neighbourhood with BTA help

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