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Green fingers... Warehouse employees (from left) gardening team member Nancy Stronach, Great Community Clean Up co-ordinator Jeanette Phillips and store manager Dylan Rigby were part of the group which helped tidy up around the pond at the Hokonui Pioneer Lodge on Wednesday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

The idea is to tidy up and assist the community beyond what we would do normally.A group of business employees got out their gardening gloves, shovels and rubbish bags to do their bit in a bid to beautify Gore last week.

The Warehouse staff were out in force for about an hour planting, picking up rubbish and tidying area around the pond at the Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum on Wednesday afternoon.

The Warehouse store manager Dylan Rigby said their effort was part of the Great Community Clean Up, a campaign to encourage New Zealanders to help tidy up their community.

The first campaign was run in October 2016 and the second in April last year.

“The idea is to tidy up and assist the community beyond what we would do normally,” Mr Rigby said.

“As a business we always try and help out the community.”

Mr Rigby said the group picked up a lot of rubbish that had blown on to the property from the road.

People enjoyed helping the community and it was nice to give back, he said.

“Anybody can come and see Gavin the goose.”

The Warehouse gardening team member Nancy Stronach said the team planted “a number of grasses”, tidied up the agapanthus and planted some natives behind the pond.

Over the past few years it had put some rocks around the edge of the pond, as well.

Mrs Stronach, Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum secretary, said a lot of people spent time at the village.

“A lot of people come and have lunch,” she said.