Linda Jackson

Belle Vue gardens get face-lift last weekend

 

By Jolene Perron

When word about the Communities in Bloom judges coming to Amherstburg spread, the Belle Vue Conservancy put the call out to gather the troops and clean up the historical site.

“Belle Vue is on the tour,” explained chair of cooperate outreach for the Belle Vue Conservancy Linda Jackson. “So consequently we need to make a showing and this is the town’s property. We reached out to people like Maxine and the Horticultural Society and this is the end result, I can not believe what is happening here. We are trying to do as much as we can, focusing on the front first and getting rid of all the weeds, all the overgrowth.”

The Belle Vue Conservancy and Horticultural Society of Amherstburg banded together over the weekend to clean up the outside of Belle Vue.

The Belle Vue Conservancy and Horticultural Society of Amherstburg banded together over the weekend to clean up the outside of Belle Vue.

Jackson explained she called the Horticultural Society of Amherstburg’s treasurer Maxine Iler on Wednesday, and by Saturday morning they had an army of people ready to get to work, weeding, cleaning, trimming and spreading mulch at the Belle Vue property.

Gyori Farms even donated six yards of mulch to help beautify the outside of the building.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

“We just love to help do things that help to make this town more beautiful and this is certainly a great opportunity for us to do that,” said Iler. “We’re very happy to see all the people who came out, ready to help.”

They didn’t have any plans to plant anything yet. Jackson said the town has plans for Belle Vue in the future, so for now they just focused on cleaning up the outside of the building.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

Not only were members of the Belle Vue Conservancy on site on the weekend, but members of Amherstburg’s Horticultural Society also came out to help clean up the site.

“Please get behind us and help us open Belle Vue’s doors again,” said Jackson. “That’s what it’s all about, honestly.”

For those interested in learning more about the Belle Vue project, visit www.bellevueconservancy.com. To donate, visit www.amherstburg.ca/donate.

Belle Vue in running to win $40K in “This Place Matters” contest

 

Special to the RTT

Belle Vue is in the running to win $40,000 in “This Place Matters” Competition

The competition is heating up!

“To everyone who has shown support for Belle Vue, the 200 year old National Historic Site in Amherstburg, now is the time to step up and Vote! Vote! Vote!” urges Linda Jackson, Chair of corporate outreach for the Belle Vue Conservancy.

Here are the Conservancy’s most recent standings:

Second place in the generic vote section, these are the votes minus the number of dollars donated. They can win $10,000 for the most generic votes.

Second place in the Central Region for total votes. Should they win in this category they will add $30,000 to their coffers to help restore Belle Vue.

Belle Vue, circa 1984

Belle Vue, circa 1984

This is how you can help:

Both generic votes and donations drive this contest.

Simply register your e-mail address at www.thisplacematters.ca and vote every 24 hours for ‘Belle Vue House – A clear view for the future’. Once registered, add any additional emails you have and vote every 24 hours using multiple emails.

Ask others to register and vote. Voting is free. With every vote watch the count rise!

Share on Facebook and any social sites you have encouraging others to vote. Link is https://thisplacematters.ca/

You can also boost the count by donating. For each dollar that you donate you will purchase one vote for Belle Vue. $1 = 1 vote. Tax donation receipts are issued automatically and sent to your email. All monies raised from donations are returned to Belle Vue at the end of the competition less a National Trust administration fee.

Belle Vue, modern day

Belle Vue, modern day

This is the last week of competition. The contest ends July 17 at 12 noon.

“This is a prestigious nation-wide competition put on by The National Trust for Canada. It involves 25 vetted participants all across Canada.” says Jackson. “Let’s show our pride in Windsor and Essex County by providing support for our National Historic Treasure, Belle Vue.”

For additional information regarding Belle Vue please visit the Conservancy at www.bellevueconservancy.com.