The greening of Prestbury: sidewalk gardens could win big prizes

2012-11-07 00:00

A GROUP of volunteers from Prestbury and Blackridge, who started sidewalk gardens more than 10 years ago, need as many votes as possible to win the Builders Express Sidewalk Garden competition.

They could win a garden make-over to the value of R75 000 and other prizes.

Rob Burgess, who entered the competition on behalf of the group, said the gardens had not only beautified the neighbourhood, but had also helped community members to get to know each other better.

“It’s wonderful to encourage the community spirit. It has done wonders when it comes to interacting with others,” Burgess told The Witness.

The garden, which is made up only of indigenous plants, stretches for seven kilo­metres between Sweetwaters and Winston roads.

Burgess said he read about the competition in an advert and thought it would be good to take a chance and enter.

The group needs maximum votes to win R5 000 locally and R75 000 in the regional contest. Burgess said the proceeds would be ploughed back into other projects.

“This would go a long way to support our efforts in uplifting our community, supplying employment and transferring skills to a number of people employed on the projects.”

Sphakanyiswa Memela said he felt fortunate to be part of such an initiative. He has been working on the sidewalk gardens since 2005. He told The Witness the job has taught him much about plants and has made him appreciate their importance and beauty. “I’ve learned a lot about indigenous plants and now know that some can be used as medicine.”

Memela believes that the gardens help to keep the neighbourhood clean.

“I would love to start something like this back home, but I just haven’t got time to do it at the moment.”

To vote, SMS 392 to 37291. The competition closes on November 12.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.