Here I am elbow deep in mud, but not the kind of mud I would like to be working with. Grouting my bathroom tiles has been a job I never want to do again. I have a new respect for anyone who does this on a regular basis. I am a gardener and usually this time a year I am working happily in my greenhouse. This hobby of mine takes all the troubles of the world away for a short time each day. This year I can't even get into the greenhouse to muddle around. I keep on reminding myself it will only be a short time more, and we will be able to see the grass. Well that is true, in a few weeks during hot sunny days, we will look back at this nasty winter of 2013, and it will all be a distant memory.
In my role in the community you have to be able to take the good and bad comments and then put them into perspective. Last week I read a Saskatoon man's take on Warman, in which he had written on his regular blog. This young man feels Warman is developing too quickly, and as a result urban sprawl is starting to take shape. He was quite blunt on the subject of how bad our trees and green spaces looked in the community. He stated they were not getting the care that was necessary to grow greenery to its finest (Paraphrased) this is a short version of his concerns about a community he doesn't reside or pay taxes in. Like me, he too is a gardener.
First I am going to put on my gardener hat. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the Warman Garden Club for a few years before it disbanded in 2010. As a member of this hard working group of ladies we volunteered to plant planters, hanging baskets, flower beds, take care of the community garden and do some shrub pruning. From this experience I do know you win some you lose some. Some years our beautification efforts were so successful and other years it would take wind, rain or frost to wipe out all our hard work. In short, we know how hard it is to plan and care for nature’s bounty.
Now I will put on my Mayor's hat. Could we as a community do better? Probably we could but keep in mind we are learning and growing in all areas. We should also remember that much of the tree pruning we are talking about is at the hands of other parties, not the City of Warman. We are a community of around 8,000 not a city of 300,000 like Saskatoon (where this young man resides). Do we have a horticulturist on staff? Of course not. In our future I am sure we will have staff that is dedicated to Warman's greenery, but for now we are thankful for all the efforts our staff and volunteers do to create a beautiful community for all of us to enjoy.
I have lived in Warman a long time and have seen this community transform into a new city with parks, trees, walking paths and green space that is fully utilized. What we have has taken time, and what we want will take time as well.
As for Urban Sprawl, as our community grows so do the services and facilities needed to enhance this city. Although I am quite surprised to hear that we shouldn't be putting so much attention into enhancement, rather green space. I am not so sure our rate payers would agree entirely with that statement. Balance is what we are aiming for and once again I will say we are growing and working towards all these ideas. All good things take time and LOTS of money. Our residents do want to see our community become more independent. If that looks like Urban Sprawl to someone outside our boundaries, well that is his opinion and not one I share.
I am very proud of Warman even with its poorly pruned trees.
Although I don't fully agree or disagree with this young man's view on Warman, the one thing we do have in common is our love for Natures Colourful Bounty.
Thank you for your comments and dedication to the earths care.
"If you add a little to a little, and do this often, soon that little will become great."...Hesiod