Petal power brings folk into gar­dens

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

An ini­tia­tive to get peo­ple into their gar­dens and proud of where they live has had great buy-in, with up to 100 en­tries re­ceived for the Hast­ings District Coun­cil (HDC) Petal Power com­pe­ti­tion.

Open to res­i­dents of the nine se­nior hous­ing com­plexes which are owned by HDC across Hast­ings, Flaxmere and Have­lock North the com­pe­ti­tion in­volved peo­ple vy­ing to grow the best look­ing gar­dens.

To in­spire would-be com­peti­tors, the coun­cil sup­plied res­i­dents with packs con­tain­ing good­ies such as gar­den gloves, cof­fee packs, gar­den fer­tiliser and Petal Power pens.

They also re­ceived a #Hast­ings Proud gnome to put in their gar­den be­fore the judg­ing that would be­gin this week.

Cam­bridge Court res­i­dent Lynn Roberts says she bought a se­lec­tion of flower and veg­etable seedlings on spe­cial to get her gar­den grow­ing.

Some­thing of a green thumb, she had not only planted a gar­den around her unit, but also branched out to grow veg­eta­bles against the fence bor­der­ing the com­plex, for her­self and other res­i­dents to pick from.

In her gar­den she had any­thing from bok choy to broad beans, petu­nias, salvia and mini car­na­tions.

“I have al­ways been into gar­den­ing. I pre­fer veg­eta­bles to flow­ers though — I like go­ing out and pick­ing some­thing out of the gar­den know­ing it’s got no sprays on it.”

The coun­cil se­nior hous­ing team judged the gar­dens over Labour Week­end and awarded prizes for the first, sec­ond and third in­di­vid­ual placeget­ters, as well as one over­all com­plex win­ner.

The prizewin­ners would have input into their prizes to en­sure they re­ceived some­thing they could use — whether it be a shade sail or a pic­nic table.

The idea of the com­pe­ti­tion was to make peo­ple proud of where they lived and to bring them to­gether, some­thing it had al­ready achieved, says group man­ager com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grammes Ali­son Banks.

“It’s also play­ing a large part in coun­cil’s ap­proach to civic pride.

“This has re­sulted in neigh­bours get­ting to­gether and work­ing with each other, and hav­ing a bit of fun,” she said.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Novem­ber 7.

Cam­bridge Court res­i­dent Lynn Roberts has a wide se­lec­tion of plants in her gar­den com­pe­ti­tion en­try.

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