Communities in Bloom Sussex, New Brunswick 2011
Sussex…… A Town for All Seasons
Communities in Bloom
Welcome to Sussex, NB Welcome to the charming town of Sussex located in the picture province, New Brunswick, approximately midway between the bustling cities of Moncton and Saint John. Our town is nestled in a beautiful valley where fast-flowing tributaries join the Kennebecasis River. Fertile farm land attracted our early settlers, and the Sussex-area farming community continues to thrive. Besides offering a wonderful home for its residents, Sussex is a visitors’ paradise — a small-town friendly atmosphere, historic buildings and sites, varied ‘something-for-everyone’ festivals and events, beautiful murals, agricultural products, unique shopping, and a ski hill nearby for winter fun. The residents of Sussex take great pride in their community, and Communities in Bloom provides an excellent opportunity to emphasize and express this.
Our Historic and Beautiful Train Station
Communities in Bloom—Sussex Contents Welcome
Our Town and Our Committee History
CiB & the Community Working Together
We are Tidy
The End is Just the Beginning
Our Townâ€™s History The Kennebecasis River system, providing water, fish, and transportation, was home to a thriving Maliseet population. In 1784, Loyalist immigrants settled in this area, and the Parish of Sussex was established in 1786. Our town was named in honor of the Duke of Sussex, son of King George III. Growth continued with many Irish, Scottish, and other European immigrants throughout the 1800s, and the Town of Sussex was incorporated in 1904. From 1939 to the 1960s, our town was the location of Camp Sussex. During the war years, Camp Sussex was home to 10,000 troops. A local armored reserve unit remains housed on
Leonard Drive, a portion of the former Camp site. Today, the population of Sussex and its surrounding communities have grown to more than 35,000 although the Town itself has a population of 4,241 (Census 2006). Throughout the years, the town has been a service center to the surrounding communities, to the agricultural, forestry, and mining sectors, and more recently to natural gas and oil exploration. Today Sussex continues to provide regional services that include health care, education, business, industry, and recreation.
ABOUT OUR ROOTSâ€Ś... Website: http://www.sussex.ca/ Population: 4241 Municipal Budget: $5,782,400 Parks and Playground Budget:
$256,300 Town Area: 9.03 square km Walking Trails: 4.8 km Rides a Bike or Walks to Work: 22% Rides as a Passenger in a Vehicle to Work: 13%
Data from Census 2006 and Town of Sussex
The many lamp-post flower baskets and seasonal flags are a part of the Towns initiative to create an attractive down town core and a unified and serene 'small town" feeling for the people who live and work here, and for our many seasonal visitors. .
Our Committeeâ€™s History Sussex Communities in Bloom is a small but dedicated group with a vision and determination to make a difference in our beautiful town. Our mission is to bring awareness of and contribute to the characteristics that make Sussex a pleasant, wholesome place in which to live and a welcoming environment for visitors. We recognize that community-wide interest and participation is key in achieving this. We are forming partnerships with business owners, environment groups, service clubs, and the schools as well as with the Mayor and Town Council . We have had tremendous support from Town Council and various Town departments and can always rely on their help and expertise. For this we are very grateful indeed. Many businesses generously donated flowers, trees, and shrubs; and school students and the Irving Tree Nursery grew several hundred marigolds for our first year of the Marigolds on Maple project. Although only months old, our committee has received kind words of appreciation and encouragement for our endeavours and for involving the town of Sussex in Communities in Bloom. We have no doubt that Sussex residents will be thrilled to get on board with the efforts of our local Communities in Bloom chapter, and we are looking forward to all the fun we'll have working together to make our town even more beautiful in the years to come.
Our First Ground Breaking
Communities in Bloom & the Community Working Together
On a bright crisp April day, about two dozen students from Bethany Bible College, along with some CiB members, cheerfully volunteered their time to dig the flower beds for our 'Marigolds on Maple' project.
Elementary students worked hard digging the beds at the end of Maple Avenue for the Marigolds on Maple Project.
We had a contingent from our local Boy Scouts/Girl Guides helping as well. What a wonderful team effort!
Communities in Bloom & the Community Working Together
A priority for our team was to transform what had become a diamond-in-therough, Elliot Park, to a welcoming, pleasant meet-and-greet location for all ages, young and old alike.
The Town, our Main Street businesses, and downtown residents welcomed us and provided encouragement, help, and support in many ways.
A job well done!
Communities in Bloom & the Community Working Together
For many years, O’Connell Park had been a baseball diamond. Since there were a number of ball fields on Leonard Drive and this location seemed perfect for a public garden, O’Connell finally became a lush parkland.
With any new development, a learning curve can easily occur. Although beautiful, the park was over-planted. Over the years, it became a tangle of overgrown shrubs and trees. The Town allowed our input in a redesign, and the efforts of the Town workers and CiB are paying off. The Sussex Rotary has also adopted a bed in the center of the park—thank you, Rotarians!
Our hope is that many generations will continue to enjoy O’Connell Park with its paths, open grass, simplified but elegant plantings, shady treed areas, and playground. Enjoy a walk though the park, including under the “Castle Bridge” to the walkway over Trout Creek to Burton Park—two parks linked within our downtown core.
Communities in Bloom & the Community Working Together
Broad Street is home to a row of quaint but thriving businesses many of which have been with us for generations! Two of the CiB members adopted this street among their many other contributions to the work of our team. We want to thank them for taking on this initiative on one of our favorite streets in Sussex!
Our CiB members began by visiting each business and chatting about what each member of our community can do to make our town even lovelier. They were warmly received and welcomed to work together with the business in tidying beds, planning window boxes, and planting every available ground space (even very small traffic triangles).
You will visit Broad Street on your tour including the generous offer of dinner at the Broadway Café. We are hoping for a sunny day so that you will enjoy dining in the walled garden — truly a quiet oasis of green.
TripAdvisor Review: “My favourite little café!” Reviewed May 24, 2011 I've been eating at the Broadway Café for years now. Never, ever have I had anything but the best, freshest, and most locally sourced food. To sit on their lovely patio during the summer, surrounded by trees, is just short of heaven. Give it a try you won't be disappointed!
Communities in Bloom & the Community Working Together
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our citizens who not only maintain their own properties beautifully but also contribute to our town’s ‘blooming’ in so many ways. There are too many to include everyone, but to highlight just three: Colleen deWinter and her family help to maintain “island” gardens about town. Many, many thanks to the deWinter family!
Sally Colpitts and the Co-op Garden Centre host gardening (including ‘green’ practices) presentations to Grade 5 students on Earth Day; celebrate Mothers Day with planting projects; contribute to the Relay for Life and Cancer Support Group with fundraising events; plant marigolds in the Peace Park with 5-7 year-old students; partner with Wallace Funeral Home and the community to create and continue to develop the Serenity Garden (including water fall pictured); organize a community garden; welcome students for an Agricultural Awareness Day; and host a Crosswinds Disability Day. Hats off to Sally and the Co-op! We would also be remiss if we didn’t include Joan Routledge in our thanks for the contributions made by our citizens. Joan took on the CiB chairperson role, an extension of an informal consultative and ‘hard labor’ role she has played over the years in the beautification of our town. We appreciate all our CiB team members —each bring unique ideas and talents — and we want to thank Joan for everything she has done this past year to keep our vision and mission clear and our goals on track! A bucket above us all! 10
Daffodils in Spring Sussex comes to life each spring with the arrival of the cheery yellow daffodils sprinkled all about the town. Our very own Ruby Gray, an English War Bride, brought us this terrific idea after a visit back to England many years ago. She was delighted with how bright and cheerful the daffodils appeared and knew that Sussex could use the same magical burst of colour to signal the arrival of spring each year. Being the determined and optimistic person that everyone knows and loves, she put the word out for volunteers. Bulbs appeared and diggers planted! Everyone enjoys “Ruby’s Daffodils” in May!
Hanging Baskets Along with property owners and shopkeepers adorning their yards and businesses with floral arrangements and flower beds, the Town keeps its works crews busy watering lovely hanging baskets all along the downtown streets and especially at our heart of the town...our iconic Train Station. There you will find beautiful baskets hanging from all corners enticing residents and visitors to stop at Sully’s for an ice cream, pay a leisurely visit to the Military Museum, or drop into the Tourist Bureau. In addition to the hanging baskets, the Town also incorporates the use of planters placed strategically throughout the downtown. The citizens take great pride in the beautification of the downtown and are especially pleased to hear many positive comments from tourists and visitors alike.
The Peace Park There are several flower beds that contribute to the overall beautification of Sussex. At the corner of Main and Queen Streets, you will find the Peace Park. Every June, the Co-op Garden Center sponsors a Marigold Planting Party for local school children ranging in age from 5 to 7 years old, and over 750 marigolds are planted in the Peace Park! This event was originally started to help with the beautification of the downtown area, and it has evolved into a wonderful day of hands-on learning.
Once a Gas Station…..Now The Peace Park
Mr. Freeze Perks Up His Corner of Town On Maple Avenue, you will also find a lovely flower bed which has been designed and cared for by a local resident, Walter Freeze. He said he “just wanted to perk up his corner of town,” and we applaud this! The CiB team decided to take on what we lovingly called, “Marigolds On Maple,” to complement Mr. Freeze’s garden. In April, we donned warm hats and coats and set out to mark beds from each end of the street. Bethany Bible College students arrived on two Saturday mornings to help dig sods which the Town crews hauled to the compost facility at the landfill. Irving Tree Nursery grew 25 flats of marigolds, and Cardwell Farms and the Town donated compost. In June with more marigolds grown by school children, volunteers and classes of students from Sussex Elementary School planted the Marigolds on Maple! With so many willing volunteers, this daunting project suddenly looked less daunting, and we all looked forward to having marigolds proudly adorn Maple Avenue from end to end.
Window Boxes and Streetscapes Many years ago, the Downtown Business Association encouraged their members to beautify their locations with colourful window boxes. After awhile the window boxes disappeared; but with the suggestion by the CIB Committee, the boxes have reappeared to welcome everyone to the stores and businesses in our downtown. The DBA also heartily supported CiB by purchasing window boxes from us. Along Broad Street, many business owners have planted spaces with a colourful array of flowers to provide a welcoming, cheerful streetscape. Thank you, all!
Mr. Freeze’s Garden
O’Connell Park O’Connell Park provides a lovely area to rest, picnic, or meander for a quiet walk. It also boasts our splash pad and play area for the younger set and an outdoor public swimming pool for all ages. In addition to the large expanse of grass which is so welcome in our downtown, there is a circular flower bed sponsored by the Sussex Rotary Club. Along the park’s perimeter by Main Street is a colourful array of flowers and shrubbery to welcome everyone to come enjoy a peaceful vista ....a quiet spot in the midst of a bustling town.
Elliott Park Meanwhile back on Main Street by the tracks, you will find Elliott Park. With its granite planter and fountain, it’s hard to miss! It had become, however, an overlooked gem that needed some polish. The CiB team took on this project and have definitely given new life to this quaint spot with colourful shrubs and flowers. We now see young and old alike enjoying this little corner on Main Street. In addition, Elliott Park is part of the Trout Creek Restoration Plan, and this corner will become the entrance to the meandering pathway and green space along the waterway—a Town project we will be very excited to see come to fruition!
A Small Park with a Big Punch
Death by Dutch Elm and Steps to Re-Forest our Town The urban forest is an important component of any community. Geographically, Sussex is quite small, but it has a legacy of urban trees many huge in girth. Dutch elm disease decimated the stately trees that lined the streets of Sussex, and the town has been actively repopulating our urban forest in the years since. Many of these trees are now lovely specimens, for example the oaks on Broad street as well as the trees offered to residents for street-side planting a number of years ago.
Trout Creek Trail and Green Space Let us tell you about one of the favorite places in Sussex: The Town of Sussex in cooperation with the Village of Sussex Corner have been developing a trail along the beautifully forested Trout Creek which runs through our town. Kept for the most part in its natural state, this green space provides a habitat for wildlife and enjoyment for our citizens. Everyone in Sussex walks, and the trail is a favorite for all ages. It covers a large area and is a long term project, but we have enjoyed every ‘step’ in the process!
Acadian Forest The Acadian Forest is a project organized by Fundy Model Forest where a mixed growth planting has been established in the “back yard” of Sussex Elementary School. The goal is to educate and encourage the use of native species in the urban landscape. With an active Fundy Model Forest providing a wealth of information and spearheading projects such as this, we are in a position to create a new excitement about our urban forest.
Trees Too Large to Hug
Trout Creek Restoration Plan One of the most significant project planned by the Town is the Trout Creek Restoration Plan which includes a very large tree-shaded meadow! Currently awaiting permits from environmental agencies, the citizens of Sussex are excited for work to begin. It will provide access and beautification to a much neglected area and will be a focal point in the community. Included is the establishment of a new channel for the downtown portion of Trout Creek, a permanent pedestrian walking bridge (the structure has been donated by Potash Corp) connecting the downtown with Princess Louise Park, and park space to accommodate a variety of community events and festivals.
Our Town’s On-Going Commitment to the Urban Forest Currently, a 2009 management plan prepared by Basic Design is being used to maintain and improve our urban treescape. Plans are also in place to provide a training course for the Town’s work crew responsible for tree planting, pruning, and overall tree health. This will give them a more comprehensive understanding of how to invest in practices now to enhance our urban forest for years to come.
Trout Creek Restoration—a Priority
Urban Forestry ď‚ˇ
New Growth Many of the older businesses and institutions in Sussex have limited green space available, but most try to incorporate what they can to keep our "rural" personality alive. The Communities in Bloom committee recognizes the potential to educate both business owners and private citizens on proper choices and best practices for maintenance of urban trees. Our local SUN Nurseries is on board to provide a series of seminars in the fall and early spring to address this interest in a sustainable urban forest. We are contacting Green Streets Canada in preparation for next year and we are planning Arbor Day and Maple Day activities. We have replaced three maples on Maple Avenue already this year thanks to a generous donation! There is a significant potential for memory trees, planted to commemorate someone or something here in Sussex. There are several in place now, but the idea has not been recognized to its fullest potential. Our goal is to develop a plan whereby memory trees will provide significant additions to our urban forest. The biggest challenge we face as a newly formed committee is to focus on a few good ideas and be able to implement them. It's hard to narrow it down, but we think a plan for commemorative trees would be a worthy early goal. Our fledgling committee has been thrilled with the positive response from everyone weâ€™ve contacted to help us improve our urban tree population. When we need a new tree, it's quickly provided and planted. When we notice a maintenance issue, the Town crew is speedily dispatched. Long term, we feel the impact of this keen interest in the "look" of Sussex will be significant.
Trees Transform Any Location into Something Beautiful
Honor our Past and Embrace the Future In Travels in America, the 1792 account of Patrick Campbell’s adventures, he wrote of his experience when he visited Sussex Vale: This Pleasant Valley has advantages not common to be met with in other places….so this appears to me to be eligible a situation for a settlement as I have met within this province and perhaps as much as any in North American.” pg 3 Historic Sussex by Elaine Ingalls Hogg
Here we are in the year of 2011, and Sussex Vale has grown and flourished into a vibrant community of 4000+ citizens! We embrace our present, we anticipate our future, and we honor our past. Over the last few years in our community, many initiatives to pay homage to our rich history have come to fruition. We will endeavor to present some of these in this brief format.
Sussex Murals—the Mural Capital of Atlantic Canada Walk in the footprints of New Brunswick giants as you stroll through the heart of the Mural Capital of Atlantic Canada. As Ken White, a mural artist, says, “A strong program of public art can make a dramatic impact on a town creating not only visual interest and a sense of identity, but arousing outside interest and bringing prosperity to the area.” Mayor Ralph Carr agrees, “Come and see our heritage unfold before your eyes through these beautiful murals.” You are invited to visit, at no charge, this impressive outdoor gallery of 26 larger-than-life images that highlight our military, agricultural, political, and sporting achievements. One of our mural artists, Fred Harrison, enjoyed his time in Sussex so much that he moved here from Ontario!
Farm Life Mural
Train Station Many Sussex residents had tears in their eyes on September 2010 as they watched flames engulf our historic train station at the heart of town. Fortunately, due to the skill and valiant effort of our Fire Department, the beautiful structure was saved as were the priceless artifacts on display in the 8th Hussars Regimental Museum housed in the Train Station. Since the fire, there has been continuous work in restoring the structure to its former state. We look forward to the necessary repairs completed in time for summer: for the Tourism Information Centre providing directions and assistance to tourists, for the 8th Hussars Museum opening its doors to visitors, and for Sully’s (a student-led summer business) serving us all delicious ice creams!
Sussex & Studholm Agricultural Society Sussex is home to the oldest agricultural society in the world (founded in 1841). Local farmers pooled their knowledge and resources to improve their crops and livestock while keeping up with the latest developments. The society is still going strong today with its grocery store, feed mill, farm store, and livestock sales barn located on Park Street. Wednesdays are always a busy day in town as people come from miles around to the livestock auction; and spring and summer are always busy times at the Feed Store and Garden Centre. Our Co-Op is a proud sponsor of the Kings County Agricultural Fair held every August to display submitted produce, flowers, crafts, and cooking—vying for the top prizes as our citizens have for the past 116 years. That’s right! We are also home to North America’s longest running fair!
The Oldest Agricultural Society in the World!
Agricultural Museum of New Brunswick This museum is committed to preserving the rural heritage of New Brunswick with its collection of over 2000 artifacts representing human history and natural sciences. They sponsor two unique glimpses into the past with: The Antique Power Show on Victoria Day weekend Harvest Day in September
Covered Bridge Capital of Atlantic Canada In the fall of 2002, Canada’s Life Network featured the covered bridges of Kings County in the top ten Canadian Road Trips series. The Oldfield covered bridge adorns the 1992 New Brunswick commemorative quarter. Canada’s largest and oldest covered bridge festival is held each July. Having afternoon tea prepared by the local Women’s Institute in a covered bridge is a truly unique experience!
The Don Stiles Museum—Sussex Tea Room and Art Gallery This historic building was saved from the wreaking ball years ago and has been given a new life. It houses our creative and memorable endeavors all the while you enjoy a cup of tea and a bite to eat. Mr. Stiles has amassed quite a collection of Sussex memorabilia during his lifetime and has graciously offered it for display for the enjoyment of the people of the town.
Museum & Tea Room
The Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta On the weekend after Labour Day, the people of the Sussex area prepare to receive thousands of guests as the annual Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta begins. Organizers work all year to host Atlantic Canada's most colourful festival, and 2011 marks the 26th year of this wonderful family event. An undertaking of this size only happens with numerous volunteers. In fact, many volunteers are the third generation to lend a hand receiving in return a heartfelt thank you, a t-shirt, and the chance for a ride in a hot air balloon. The Sussex Balloon Festival Inc. volunteer committee relies on sponsorship and vendors to finance this free festival and the hard work and dedication of approximately 230 volunteers to make the Fiesta weekend a success year after year. With the support of our region’s landowners, graciously allowing us to land on their fields, as well as the generous support of the business community, visitors come from all over to soak up the feel-good energy of our festival. We have welcomed visitors from all over the world including volunteers from as far away as France and balloonists from a number of countries including Brazil. Our town was world renowned in 2003 when balloonist David Hempleman Adams left from Sussex in an open-basket hot-air balloon, flew over the Atlantic Ocean, and landed safely in Blackpool, England 83 hours later. Our fiesta has enjoyed many accolades over the years including: Atlantic Canada's Community Choice, Tourism New Brunswick's Top Festival, and the American Bus Association's Top 100 North American Events. Our favourite compliment, however, is the smiles on the faces of our guests as they gaze wondrously at the spectacular sight of giant multicoloured balloons ascending into the skies.
Award-Winning Photographer, Jamie Roach’s Shot of a Balloonist over Sussex with Poley in the Background
Relay for Life: Our Heritage of Helping Others (A Note Beautifully Written by the Relay for Life Co-Chairperson, Louie Keith) For the last two years, I’ve had the privilege of being the co-chairperson for the Sussex Relay for Life. It is something that I have been very passionate about for several years; and, like a lot of things, you don't know what your passion is until you are directly affected by something. I was asked a couple years ago to sit in on a committee meeting and see if I wanted to join the fight for this great cause. As I was sitting there, the question often came up "Why do you relay?" Some of the answers were, “I'm a survivor, I want to find a cure, I want to make a difference.” It’s amazing to hear why people volunteer for the Relay for Life. In September we start, and for the next nine months our volunteer committee recruits and finalizes all the plans to make this event happen. Then comes June! We finally get to our Event. As the day starts at 8 am, we look out at a blank field and think, “How are we going to do this?” With a lot of hard work and more people than you can imagine coming to volunteer their time, we are ready to go. So what do 12 hours, over $119,000.00, over 500 participants, 1500 luminaries and one amazing event have in common? Volunteers! Without volunteers, we would not have raised $119,000 to help eradicate cancer. Without volunteers, we would not have watched over 125 survivors march the track and be honoured for who they are. Without volunteers, we would not have seen all the smiles and all the tears of those who are touched by cancer. I am proud to be a part of the town of Sussex. It is one of the most amazing towns I have ever been in. Whenever we call for help, no matter what task or what time, they come. The people who are here have such a big heart that no task is too large or too small for this town to tackle together. Together we make a difference!
Relay for Life—A Heritage of Helping
A Few More Heritage Highlights 1776 — The 8th Hussars Regiment – the first Cavalry Regiment 1877 — The Kings County Record -- Canada’s most continuous community paper 1878 — Goold’s Nursery – still in operation five generations later 1883 — J Clark and Sons (first selling sleighs and farm machinery) is the oldest Chevrolet dealership in Canada 1916 — 4H in New Brunswick – started in Sussex 1922 — Moffett’s Hardware – three generations and still thriving 1936 — Sussex is the site of the first Canadian Tire Store outside Ontario 1896 — North America’s oldest Agricultural Fair 1904 — The annual Millstream’s Strawberry Festival began – now serving over 600 people!
Historical Place Program The Town of Sussex is a participant in the Province of New Brunswick’s local Historic Place Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Historic Places Initiative (HPI). We have 22 places registered including residential, industrial, commercial, and community historic properties. The Town as well as the property owners take great pride and work hard in preserving and maintaining our historic properties.
A Heritage Home, Built in 1875, on Main Street
Our Landscaped Areas
By the Community for the Community: The Peoples Serenity Garden “The Peoples Serenity Garden” is located on property donated by Wallace Funeral Home on Sunnyside Drive. The garden features waterfalls, winding paths, seating areas, a fifty foot man-made stream, and a beautifully decorated landscape which leads to a gazebo. This is a living memorial built by the community for the community offering comfort, peace, and reflection. As the garden grows, there will be an area in pink planted by breast cancer survivors, an area of daises in support of the Liver Foundation, forget-me-nots in support of the Alzheimer’s Society, daffodils in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, and so on. “Your sponsorship will build a dream,” said Peggy McKenna, the first major sponsor of the garden. “Like the garden, a community doesn't just happen, it grows person by person. As a Community, we are creating a garden that will make a lasting difference in our lives and in the lives of others. This garden will bring many gifts—the gift of work, friendship, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, remembrance, and love."
By the Community for the Community: Honoring and Considering Others A young woman, Danielle Black, lost a dear friend one year ago in a car accident. She has lovingly tended a garden in his honor on Church Avenue. All the flowers, mulch, and soil were donated. A granite memorial was also donated, and Danielle helped with the design.
It’s pure freedom for her…..she squeals! Kings County Record, June 2011
She saw the potential for beauty in the flower bed and was reminded of her friend, someone who saw the beauty in everyone he met. Kings County Record, June 2011
When a young girl visited O’Connell Park, she was not able to swing with the other children as she did not have the core strength to sit upright due to cerebral palsy. The Town has now installed a swing for special needs children. It has a fully supported back and a T-bar across the front.
It is very important to our town that our youth feel welcomed and valued, and the Town Recreation Department is tireless in providing facilities and events for fitness, learning, and leisure. Recently, the Town installed a 6000 square foot skate park featuring a variety of ramps and rails for beginner and more skilled skaters. We also love the funky paintings decorating the fence!
Our Landscaped Areas
There are Many Wonderful Landscaped Areas in Sussex: We’ll Highlight a Few O’Connell Park is located at the east end of our downtown and is approached over a beautiful stone bridge and entrance. In particular, please note the stunning wrought iron gate, designed and built locally in 2004 to commemorate the Town’s Centennial. O’Connell is also the site of our current outdoor pool (we will have a new indoor pool soon!) and wellloved playground. Thank you Sussex Rotarians for the construction of a new flower bed in the center! We are very appreciative of the work of the Royal Canadian Legion in maintaining the garden around the Cenotaph. Burton Park by the 8th Hussars Arena features a gazebo for presentations as well as ample waterside park benches and picnic tables for residents and travellers alike. We also use our green spaces for Movies in the Park, a Giant Flea Market, the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta, Canada Day Celebrations, and New Brunswick Day Celebrations. There are lovely heritage rose bushes by the Train Station. The Kiwanis Nursing Home maintains beautiful flower beds for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors. We have a number of ball fields and newly surfaced tennis courts as well as the great skateboard park! Watch for flowers and shrubbery in all public areas such as traffic triangles, the Fire Department, and our Town Hall. Please note our flags located at the Town Hall, Visitor Information Centre, and the Sussex Public Library. Beautiful banners are placed on 38 posts in our downtown throughout the year and are changed seasonally: Snowmen, Summer Flowers, Canada Flags, Hot Air Balloons, and Autumn Leaves. We have murals throughout town, and a lovely fountain at Elliott Park. A Winter Lights contest brightens up our winters. The Town does not use pesticides and does not water turf areas. Mowing is carried out following a carefully considered schedule from spring to fall.
O’Connell Gate with New Accents
Our Ties to the Land Known as “Dairytown” for producing award winning milk products, Sussex remains a hub for the surrounding farming communities and still includes some farmed land within the town boundaries. Because of this rich agricultural history and ties to the land, Sussex has been careful to maintain a healthy environment and has updated its practices as advances have been made in research and technology. Throughout this section, the most recent Town of Sussex Municipal Plan (2010) will be cited; in particular, where the plan makes provisions for “recognizing the importance of the environment and the need to address the issue of climate change at a local level; in particular to protect river banks, significant natural habitat, and other areas of open space value.” Also, part of the Municipal Plan is to continue to “secure land, wherever possible, within environmentally sensitive areas by use of zoning, development agreements, and land acquisitions, where appropriate.” Environmental protection is an integral consideration in all our planning and decision-making.
Appropriate Zoning Regulations Although the Town includes light industrial development as a component of its plan, it doesn’t permit the development of noxious industry that will have a negative impact on the land, air, or water. It stipulates that all industry be environmentally sustainable, compatible with the pattern of land use within the Town, and compliments the Town’s industrial policies.
Existing Farmland Existing farms continue on those lands designated as “Agriculture” or “Residential;” but all farm related activities are subject to municipal, provincial, federal, health, and environmental regulations.
A Mural Depicting Our Ties to the Land
Parks, Streets, Sidewalks, and Trails In keeping with aesthetic character, function, and safety, the Town of Sussex has been very successful in landscaping public spaces (parks and street-sides), maintaining sidewalks for pedestrians through all seasons, and placing seating and trash receptacles in public spaces. Traffic flow patterns are changed as necessary to reduce emissions in stop-and-go traffic. On-going efforts are cited in the Municipal Plan such as limiting the number of curb cuts and left turns and installing planted medians where possible. The Town has developed a wonderful trail system for bicycle and pedestrian travel and continues to actively pursue, with public consultation, the further development of a pathway that links green spaces with parks, recreational facilities, central business district and other commercial areas, residential neighbourhoods, and public buildings and lands. The Town continues to incorporate standards required for physically challenged persons, including curb cuts, proper grades, and sidewalk ramps. Careful to ensure that there is no health risk due to contamination or methane gas, one of the most successful development projects in the Sussex area has been the restoration around the land previously used as a landfill site. The Town has constructed beautiful walking and bicycling trails, Ducks Unlimited has recently developed ponds and nesting houses for birds, and a large dog park is enjoyed by our four-legged residents.
Shopping and Buying Local Because the nearest shopping centres are nearly one hour’s drive either east or west, Sussex has been very supportive of attracting consumer outlets and other businesses to our town. This allows the people of Sussex and surrounding areas to shop ‘in-town’ for day-to-day products and services thereby reducing greenhouse emissions. Parking, traffic flow, sidewalks, and walking trails are on-going considerations in promoting local shopping, and the Town continues to work towards providing alternative modes of transportation including biking lanes and walking trails. Sussex has enjoyed a busy farmer’s market, roadside vegetable stands, as well as large and small outlets that sell local products. Also backyard gardens, grown within the Town, continue to be one of the best ways to “eat local.”
Our Trails—a True Highlight of our Town
Rail Line Use and Environmental Protection In cooperation with the Department of Transportation, the Town continues to determine and enforce dangerous goods routes in order to protect important aquifers in residential and environmentally sensitive areas.
Healthy Riparian Zones The Town is actively implementing a “Green Belt” on Schedule “A” – Future Land Use Map, to protect against erosion and to protect water quality. This will be achieved by sodding/planting vegetation and landscaping, by prohibiting future development within green belt areas, and by encouraging these areas to be used as open space or for other recreational activities. Several rivers and streams make up the watershed of the Kennebecasis River including Trout Creek which flows through Sussex. The headwaters of Trout Creek in Waterford are rugged forested hills with steep slopes and the lower end of Trout Creek flows through the agriculture and urban areas around Sussex. In its 29.1 km length, Trout Creek drops from approximately 360m to just under 15m. Much work has been done to restore the Trout Creek riparian zone by our local Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee including tree planting, livestock fencing, rock sills, digger logs, and bank stabilization as well as an education campaign for all stakeholders including surrounding farm owners. An annual watershed clean-up is well-attended by Sussex citizens each spring.
Water Table Protection Inherent in protecting our water table has been the construction and maintenance of wellregulated sewage treatment facilities, storm water and snow removal management practices, and stringent industrial regulations. The Town continues to work with the Provincial Government to maintain water course quality and to enforce rigorous standards to protect ground water resources from contamination. The Town will also continue to encourage reduced lawn watering and the use of low-volume fixtures. The citizenry have actively pursued information on proposed natural gas exploration for any potential water table contamination.
Planting Trees to Protect the Riparian Zone
Reducing Power Requirements The Town converted all Christmas decorations to LED, and there are plans to convert our street lights to more efficient lighting as well.
Solid Waste Management Sussex is committed to playing a leadership role in providing programs that promote and implement practices to reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, and compost. The Town and residents, in conjunction with the Kings County Region Solid Waste Commission, use a wet/dry solid waste program to maximize the amount of materials diverted from landfill. We also actively participate in the twice annual town-wide clean-up days, Christmas tree and spring tree/limb pick-up and mulching; household hazardous waste drop-off opportunities; and use of a compositing facility for grass, leaves, and garden wastes. Our local returnable beverage container depot is well used by our residents. All local schools are involved in the blue/green waste program and in battery and returnable container collections. Businesses within Sussex provide a toner drop off site, an industrial hazardous waste recycling center, and metal recycling depot. Backyard compost bins continue to be a popular way to manage food wastes by individual citizens.
Water Waste Management and Storm Drainage Our Town has a well-developed wastewater treatment facility that functions in accordance with Department of Environment standards. Storm water retention ponds and other water management techniques, setback regulations from water courses, and periodic monitoring of water quality entering the storm sewer system protect the water quality of streams and rivers, minimizes erosion, and controls flooding,
One of Our Friendly Norrad’s Recycling Team Members
Our Environment ď‚ˇ
Other Community Groups with an Interest in a Healthy Environment The Kennebecasis Naturalist Society holds regular field trips to encourage members and friends to view and experience the wonders of nature. They also participate in road-side clean-up events. The Royal District Planning Commission is responsible for educating municipal councils, rural community committees, and the general public with respect to land use and environmental issues. Other groups include: the Sussex Fish and Game are actively involved in environmental issues; the Fundy Model Forest strives to develop healthy communities using the principles of sustainable forest management; and RAIN (a newly-formed networking group) explores sustainable ways to enjoy and protect the natural, human, and economic diversity of our region.
New ponds draw praise SUSSEX - The deputy mayor for Sussex is praising the work done by Ducks Unlimited as part of its partnership with the Town of Sussex. Ducks Unlimited recently created four ponds along the town's walking trail system just off McLeod Drive. "I'm tremendously pleased with the work they have done," Marc Thorne said. He said the ponds also provide an important habitat for countless species of animals. He is hopeful local schools will take advantage of the improved wetlands area as a sort of outdoor classroom. Telegraph Journal, October, 2009
We are Tidy
Year-Round Effort From the earliest moment the streets can be swept in spring, to the cleaning up after the last hoorah at the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta in September, to the Christmas tree mulch, the Town of Sussex takes pride in how we live day to day with our neighbors and how we present ourselves to the world.
The Town Works Crew at Work Budgeting for the year includes detailed care of our parks, green spaces, trees, monuments, and fountains; and a specific list of maintenance requirements are planned and carried out. In addition to the weekly care of a beautiful Sussex, the Town Works crew quickly deal with the aftermath of our largest events: the Giant Flea Market, the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta, and the Canada Day Festivities. With their prompt attention, Sussex is clean as a whistle—no small feat with attendance in the thousands! Since Sussex last participated in the Communities in Bloom program, new street signs have been added. They provide a pleasant, consistent look at every crossroad.
The Town Residents at Work Residents are invited to participate in two major clean-up days per year, spring and fall. This provides an opportunity to properly dispose of yard waste and other oversized items that might otherwise become unsightly.
A Tidy Yard on Winter Street
We are Tidy
Local Businesses and Service Groups Pitch In
Our local Tim Hortons sponsors a community clean-up day where residents and service groups participate in readying the town for our summer visitors. This year 60 people participated then enjoyed a barbeque for their hard work. The Kings County Solid Waste Commission will provide aesthetically pleasing waste receptacles that will enhance our overall look and encourage the “wet/dry” way of thinking for residents as they are out and about in our town. With 2011 as our first year as a committee, Communities in Bloom – Sussex is excited at the vision our residents have for a beautiful hometown. Everywhere we turn, individuals and groups, young and old, are ready and willing to help make Sussex the best it can be.
Participants Celebrate a Tidy Town Following a Town-Wide Clean Up!
The End is Just the Beginning! What a busy few months this has been for our little “band of bloomers!” Our motto for our first year was: start small and be successful. From small beginnings and meetings in each other’s homes in October to the final preparation for the judges in August, the enthusiasm has never waned and the scope for imagination has never faltered. Our brainstorming sessions have produced many more projects than we could possibly accomplish in one short season so our next motto will be: onward and upward, shoot for the stars! We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the tremendous participation and support from our community. The Town of Sussex has been hugely supportive of the CiB group from our very first approach to Town Council. We have been so fortunate to have Jason Thorne , the Director of Recreation and Parks, assisting us with both our planning and preparation. Whatever we needed, Jason was there with the Town crews to give their assistance, and their participation has been greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jason and the Town Works Department!
We also need to thank:
Commercial Tent for our garden tent and signage
Avon Valley Sussex
Sussex Home Hardware
Our Marigolds on Maple was truly a collaborative effort from start to finish involving the CiB Committee, Bethany Bible College students, Town Works Crew, Sussex Elementary and Sussex Middle School students and staff, Irving Tree Nursery and volunteers from the community helping on planting day. The students took ownership of the project and their sense of pride and accomplishment that day was inspiring. When a committee member remarked to a little kindergarten girl that she would be a wonderful gardener someday, she replied, ”I already am” and isn’t that what we hoped to achieve!
The Gazebo at Burton Park