Spring flowers bloom at Tom Uphill Manor

Sparwood has agreed to provide in-kind donations to the Fernie Family Housing Society in the form of planters and hanging baskets.

The District of Sparwood has agreed to provide in-kind donations to the Fernie Family Housing Society (FFHS) in the form of planters and hanging baskets.

After being approached by the FFHS and asked to provide improvements to Fernie’s Tom Uphill Manor’s gardens and landscaping, council agreed to provide FFHS with the district’s used planters and hanging baskets.

Coun. Jenna Jensen suggested recycling some of the district’s older planters, as Sparwood had purchased newer self-watering baskets and planters in December 2014 through the district’s beautification program budget.

“I would like to turn this over if I could to our Director of Operations to see if there’s a possibility we can make an in-kind donation of old flower baskets that we may have,” Jensen said.

“I’m not sure what state they’re in as they do need to be replaced every few years but we can certainly look at those and see if they will be of benefit and if there is a desire for our existing planters,” responded Chief Administrative Officer Terry Melcer.

Coun. Lois Halko added, “I like supporting this initiative because there are people in Sparwood who do take advantage of affordable housing out there.”

The decision was passed unanimously by council.

The FFHS is a non-profit charitable society that provides affordable housing to low-income seniors, families and people with disabilities.