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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Wildflower Beautification Project Selected for VACo Achievement Award

Wildflower Beautification Award Presentation with Board of Supervisors

James City County’s Wildflower Beautification Project was recently selected for a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2019 Achievement Award.

Through efforts initiated by the General Services Department, Keep James City County Beautiful (KJCCB) organized local volunteers from the Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists and other groups and County staff from Parks and Recreation, the Planning Department and Grounds Maintenance to develop a Wildflower Beautification Project to:

  • Beautify our roadsides
  • Deter those who throw litter from their vehicles
  • Reduce Grounds Maintenance requirements
  • Improve the environmental quality of the area

After weeks of planning, the entrance of Freedom Park was selected for the pilot project and County staff cleared the area of growth, tilled the soil, conducted soil tests and laid down compost. Volunteers sowed the seeds of wildflowers native to Virginia and controlled the weeds so the flowers could grow properly.

As a result, the area saw less litter, reduced mowing requirements, improved erosion control, expanded pollinator habitat and increased volunteer participation in the community. The group learned valuable lessons through this pilot project and has already expanded its efforts in other locations.

For more information about the Wildflower Beautification Project, call 757-259-5375. For more information about the Achievement Awards, visit the VACo website.

Media Contact:
Grace Boone, General Services Director

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