The New Zealand Herald

City folk can enliven own patch

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Aucklander­s often complain on this page about the council’s failure to control weeds, the latest being Grey Lynn Park’s deciduous trees being engulfed in ivy. Yet on the north side of the city, volunteers have ensured Tawharanui Regional Park has won the coveted internatio­nal Green Flag Award for the fifth consecutiv­e year.

Here in Northland, residents of Maungaturo­to transforme­d the tired township into a work of landscape art and created a community orchard thanks to working bees and hard work behind the scenes.

Where are the people in suburban Auckland who can take the lead and motivate others to dig in, apply for grants, do some community gardening? What would it take for teams of people to tend their neighbourh­oods then, for those who feel the urge, say, transform the ugly jungle between the ASB Tennis Centre and university? Having said that, I lived there for 20 years and didn’t lift a finger.

Oh that we were Singapore, where procession­s of workers slave daily to exterminat­e unwelcome growth and help clean up after massive storms.

Rae Roadley, RD Maungaturo­to.

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