Cre­ative ef­forts from gar­den­ers

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­

WELL, it is spring – al­though the re­cent warm weather through­out Au­gust would have many think­ing oth­er­wise.

Kick­ing off spring 2018 are the re­sults from the Lock­yer Valley and the Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil’s gar­den com­pe­ti­tions.

It is great to see a solid num­ber of en­tries for both coun­cil com­pe­ti­tions, who have clearly worked through chal­leng­ing con­di­tions with the present dry weather.

Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil an­nounced its win­ners re­cently, and this week Gat­ton Star jour­nal­ist Do­minic El­some chats with the three ma­jor win­ners.

Lock­yer Valley Re­gional Coun­cil an­nounced its win­ners yes­ter­day, and we will no doubt have a fol­lowup story for you next week, hope­fully with some gar­den­ing tips too.

The gar­den com­pe­ti­tions pro­vide a friendly en­vi­ron­ment for res­i­dents to show­case their green-thumb tal­ents, and pro­vide a day out for tourists to ad­mire their hand­i­work.

Both coun­cils pro­vide some great com­pe­ti­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents to get in­volved through­out the year.

Spring also brings hope for a pos­si­bil­ity of rain.

While Septem­ber tra­di­tion­ally does not have a sig­nif­i­cant rain­fall av­er­age, as I type this ed­i­to­rial, there are dark clouds de­vel­op­ing out­side.

Un­for­tu­nately there is not much we can do to make it rain, but we have our fin­gers crossed.

Late in Au­gust, some prop­er­ties were for­tu­nate to be sit­u­ated un­der a storm cloud.

Hope­fully the rain will be a bit more wide­spread this time, so many more res­i­dents, farm­ers and gar­den­ers can get a good soak­ing at their prop­er­ties.

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