The Story of the Rural Beautification Society of Prince Edward Island
For many years, rural Prince Edward Island has been
noted for its natural beauty and also for its lovely cared-for
homes, lawns, gardens, cemeteries and public buildings. Visitors to
the Island have often wondered if there is a law that requires rural
Islanders to keep their properties neat and attractive, or if there
is a particular day of the week when everyone must mow their lawn.
This was not always the case.
After the Second World War, many farm and community
properties were in a sad state of neglect and disrepair. In just a
few years, however, a small volunteer organization started by
Lt.-Col. E. W. Johnstone began transforming the look of the
In the years since, the Rural Beautification Society
has persuaded countless Islanders to paint, repair and plant to
improve their homes, farms & properties. The PEI Rural
Beautification Society Annual Awards has been a leader in enhancing
the rural landscape of our beloved Province. Prize money totaling
$15,000 is awarded annually to recognize Islanders for completing
many worthy projects.
Property owners can be proud of their work and their
neighbors can also take pleasure that they live in a province known
not only for its natural beauty but also for the care that
individuals take in making rural PEI even more beautiful. Many
tourists admire the beauty of rural areas and often comment on how
Islanders are such good caretakers of their homes and surroundings.
There is no official mandate that requires property owners to take
such good care of our Island. It's because Islanders have an
inherent pride of place, combined with a gentle nudge from the Rural
Beautification Society to ‘raise the bar’.
The Prince Edward Island Rural Beautification
Society has largely relied on the generosity of donors, community
groups, corporate sponsors and the PEI Government to support its
work and to provide the prize money presented at the Annual Awards
All donations big and small are greatly
appreciated as well as memorial donations in memory of a beloved
family member and special friends. We are a non-profit organization
and a charitable receipt will be issued for all donations. Please
Prince Edward Island Rural
PO Box 1194