Local garden wins second prize in CT

2015-12-15 06:00
This garden in New Woodlands was named second best in the City at a local awards ceremony honouring community gardens. PHOTO: City of cape town

This garden in New Woodlands was named second best in the City at a local awards ceremony honouring community gardens. PHOTO: City of cape town

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A Mitchell’s Plain garden has been named the second best garden in Cape Town at the local awards.

The City of Cape Town’s parks department honoured community gardeners from around the city at an awards ceremony held on Wednesday 2 December.

The awards were held to celebrate the efforts that have gone into the 72 community gardens this year.

“The City’s community gardens project allows volunteer community members to beautify public spaces with assistance from the City’s parks department. City Parks helps with the design and preparation of the site and the basic tools and plants required. Community members receive in-situ training and acknowledgement for their contributions. A cooperative agreement is signed between City Parks and a community representative in order to establish a sustainable working relationship,” said the City’s Mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, alderman Belinda Walker.

Those involved in the project do so purely on a voluntary basis.

“When the City’s parks department started the project, I don’t think anyone expected the level of enthusiasm and creativity shown by community members. The success of the community gardens project shows the power of giving residents the freedom to take ownership of their public spaces. The aim of these awards is to recognise the hours of work and effort that volunteers have dedicated in making our neighbourhoods greener and more beautiful,” added Walker.

In the end the Doh community garden in Macassar was named the winner, with the New Woodlands community garden in second place and the Perelberg community garden in Bishop Lavis in third.

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