Grow­ing suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458653

THE pro­mo­tion of sus­tain­able and water­wise gar­dens has earned a Carlisle-based com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion a pres­ti­gious award.

PRO­MOT­ING sus­tain­able and water­wise gar­dens has earned a Carlisle-based com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion a pres­ti­gious award.

Vol­un­teer Task Force (VTF) claimed the Land­scape In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion of WA’s Award (LIAWA) of Ex­cel­lence in the Sus­tain­abil­ity Res­i­den­tial cat­e­gory.

The award was pre­sented at Fraser’s in Kings Park for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s water­wise project, which in­volves vol­un­teers trans­form­ing the gar­dens of clients.

Vol­un­teer Task Force chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kath Snell said the project started as an idea four years ago and it had grown into a core ser­vice.

“Our water­wise ser­vice in­cor­po­rates sus­tain­abil­ity and client sup­port com­bined with the un­der­stand­ing of the ben­e­fits of gar­den­ing and main­tain­ing a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment which is some­thing that VTF truly lives and breathes,” she said.

“This project en­gages staff and vol­un­teers and en­sures a safe and pleas­ant gar­den set­ting for clients who can once again en­joy their gar­dens with de­creased costs, main­te­nance and wa­ter re­quire­ments.

“It’s re­ally a win for ev­ery­one in­volved and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We are very proud of such a won­der­ful pro­gram and thank­ful for LIAWA for sup­port­ing and recog­nis­ing the work we do.”

VTF water­wise cham­pion Rachel Lev­ell man­ages the ser­vice from Vic­to­ria Park to Ar­madale.

“Water­wise is some­thing I am ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about and the gar­dens are usu­ally trans­formed in one day with a team of staff and vol­un­teers, which have in­cluded school and cor­po­rate vol­un­teer­ing groups,” she said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Year 10 stu­dents from Can­ning­ton Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre with the Vol­un­teer Task Force.

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