Ian walks the stalk

Melville Times - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487151

Boor­a­goon res­i­dent Ian Back­house is show­ing off his green thumb by beau­ti­fy­ing his lo­cal walk­way.

THE walk­way near Boor­a­goon res­i­dent Ian Back­house’s house is look­ing beau­ti­ful, thanks to more than two decades of hard work.

Mr Back­house es­ti­mates he has been main­tain­ing the flow­ers and trees along the walk­way be­tween Aller­ton Way and Nee­sham Street for about 25 years.

“It all started be­cause I like be­ing out­side and the walk­way used to be full of rub­bish,” he said.

“I started off with some ground cover be­fore putting in some plants and these days it’s a place peo­ple take pho­tos.

“There was one time when some coun­cil work­ers tried to poi­son the plants, but I asked them to stop and they said ‘if you are pre­pared to look af­ter the walk­way then it’s fine’.”

Mr Back­house said it was the peak time for the flow­ers at the mo­ment but in sum­mer the flow­ers would die off.

“I prob­a­bly spend about five hours per week in the walk­way do­ing gar­den­ing,” he said.

“I’d love for the coun­cil to en­cour­age more res­i­dents to look af­ter their walk­ways in the same way.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487151

Green thumb Ian Back­house has cared for a walk­way near his home for about 25 years.

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