Green fin­gers at Lodge re­warded

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Green fin­gers are ev­ery­where at Te Puke Coun­try Lodge.

If proof were needed, it has come in the form of two awards in the Bupa Re­tire­ment Vil­lages’ an­nual gar­den­ing com­pe­ti­tion run through the group’s 34 vil­lages around New Zealand.

The res­i­dents were awarded sec­ond place in the com­mu­nal vege gar­den sec­tion.

There are three veg­etable com­mu­nity gar­dens around the vil­lage and th­ese are looked after by res­i­dents. They have been a huge suc­cess with res­i­dents en­joy­ing be­ing able to pick fresh vegeta­bles through­out the year.

The other award this year was third place for ‘best in show’.

Vil­lage man­ager Brenda Lit­tle­john at­tributes this award not only to her res­i­dents, but to their gar­dener Peter Kenny.

“Peter has been with us now for just over 12 months and in this time he has cre­ated many beau­ti­ful ar­eas which in­clude wa­ter fea­tures around the grounds, and es­palier fruit tree wall to name a few,” says Brenda.

“Peter keeps the grounds im­mac­u­late, tak­ing pride and own­er­ship of the 3ha prop­erty that the care home and vil­lage are in.

“We are very fortunate to have Peter with his en­thu­si­asm, pas­sion and ex­pert knowl­edge.”

An­other ini­tia­tive from res­i­dent John Mad­den and Peter was to use an area that had grass clip­pings com­post­ing and turned it into a pump­kin patch, where over 80 pump­kins were grown.

Th­ese were dis­trib­uted around the vil­lage to res­i­dents and do­nated to a lo­cal char­ity.

The com­pe­ti­tion has been gath­er­ing mo­men­tum for six years and Te Puke Coun­try Lodge has been the recipients of awards for the past two years.

John Mad­den, Brenda Lit­tle­john and Peter Kenny with cer­tifi­cates recog­nis­ing Te Puke Coun­try Lodge’s BUPA gar­den awards suc­cess.

Mar­garet El­liot, Bruce El­liot, John Mad­den and Pauline Gern­hoe­fer from Te Puke Coun­try Lodge with pump­kins that have been grown in the grounds.

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