Competition grows community spirit

SARAH FOY
Last updated 05:00 29/11/2013

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Tenants of New Plymouth District Council-owned properties keen on the outdoors are likely to be busy this weekend.

Judging for the council's Housing for the Elderly garden competition takes place on Tuesday.

Sixteen individual entries across 10 sites have been received for the contest, which is into its fourth year. There are also two entries for best block of units.

There are four categories: best vegetable garden, best flower garden, best overall site and the mayor's choice award.

NPDC organiser Kay Thorpe said there were entries from new addresses in the district that hadn't entered before. The properties taking part are in Inglewood, Bell Block and New Plymouth.

NPDC owns 140 units over 23 sites and while a contractor mows the lawns, gardens are the responsibility of the tenant.

She said the competition was organised to encourage pride in the units as well as "creating fun and growing community spirit".

This year's judges are Ray Pope, a New Plymouth District Council parks staff member, and garden centre owner Adrian McLeod.

A selection of donated Mitre 10 vouchers ranging in value from $125 to $175 is up for grabs. The best block of units receives an outdoor seat donated by Turfworks with an engraved plaque.

Other sponsors are The Warehouse, Egmont Seeds and electrical company NPE-Tech.

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