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Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Find­ing the best street in Alexan­dra has been a breeze for com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers over the past few years. All they had to do was take a leisurely drive into Molyneux Es­tate and find Thyme Cres.

That’s where Lor­raine and Gary McDon­nell have lived for the past four years and co­in­ci­dently, or not, Thyme Cres has been named the best street four out of the past five years.

Or­gan­ised by the Keep Alexan­dra and Clyde Beau­ti­ful So­ci­ety, the call has gone out for res­i­dents of other streets to try and de-throne the reign­ing champs.

Lor­raine McDon­nell is con­fi­dent the ‘‘fan­tas­tic’’ Thyme Cres can fin­ish ahead of the rest again.

She puts it down to peo­ple hav­ing pride in where they live, the colour, man­i­cured gar­dens and grass verges and hav­ing reg­u­lar so­cial events.

‘‘I think it’s just the street’s colour,’’ McDon­nell said. ’’It’s not hard to keep it green is it? I think we get the best view too.’’

Res­i­dents in the street had reg­u­lar get-to­geth­ers, which helped the neigh­bour­hood take pride in the street’s ap­pear­ance.

‘‘It’s great. It’s quite a so­cial street [and] the whole street is very friendly. We’re very happy here.’’

It helped that Thyme Cres had a num­ber of peo­ple with ex­ten­sive gar­den­ing ex­pe­ri­ence who car­ried it on when they re­tired, McDon­nell said.

Ju­niper Close res­i­dent De­nis Cronin hoped his street could take out the ti­tle of best cul-de-sac for the third year run­ning.

‘‘Ev­ery­body is very con­scious of the ap­pear­ance of both the gar­dens and the grass verges in the cul-de-sac,’’ Cronin said.

Res­i­dents also worked to­gether to en­sure the up­keep of a nearby green­way while the area was still in de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘It re­ally does set off the street.’’

Cronin ac­knowl­edged charg­ing for wa­ter played a part in a street’s ap­pear­ance, but be­lieved it was a small price to pay to have pride in your street.

Keep Alexan­dra and Clyde Beau­ti­ful So­ci­ety best street or­gan­iser Kathy Spain said there was no spe­cific en­try re­quire­ment for the com­pe­ti­tion. Streets and culde-sacs in Alexan­dra and Clyde would be judged on gar­dens, verges and over­all look be­tween Fe­bru­ary 18 and 23.

‘‘It’s ac­tu­ally en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take pride in their gar­dens and pro­mote Alexan­dra as a place.’’

Win­ning streets would be an­nounced at the end of Fe­bru­ary and a ‘‘best street’’ sign would be erected.

‘‘Now is the time to spruce up your gar­den and help to win this award for your street.’’

The Best Street in Alexan­dra 2016.

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