Garden competition a team effort

Locals supporting locals . . . Teaming up to launch the Win a Garden Make-Over competition are (from left) Heaps Landscaping owner Craig Heaps, Campbell’s Garden Centre owner Nick Grant, The Ensign advertising manager Katherine McLennan and HRT Concrete & Landscape Supplies manager Adam Waghorn. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The launch of a new competition in The Ensign will see one lucky person’s garden transformed by three local businesses.

HRT Concrete & Landscape Supplies, Heaps Landscaping and Campbell’s Garden Centre are banding together to give the competition winner a $1500 garden make-over.

Residents from Eastern/Northern Southland and West Otago can enter.

HRT Concrete & Landscape Supplies manager Adam Waghorn said it was all about being active in supporting the community.

‘‘As a relatively new landscape supplies business, we think it’s a great way to let the locals know who we are and what we can supply.’’

Their yard on Charlton Rd is open Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm and on Saturday from 8am-noon.

‘‘We supply ready-mix concrete but also do a lot of pre-cast concrete products such as pavers and outdoor fireplaces, so it made sense to grow the business by adding the landscape supplies to the site as well. So now we stock a wide range of decorative gravels, composts and soils, bark and woodchip.’’

He was looking forward to working alongside other like-minded local businesses to give a deserving garden a make-over.

Campbell’s Garden Centre owner Dione and Nick Grant said they thought it was a fantastic idea to get on board with.

‘‘It has been a tough couple of years for everyone. There are a lot of deserving people in our community and it is great to take a moment to do something for one of them.

‘‘We are a family run small business and love when we are able to support local initiatives like this one.’’

Their Medway St store had a range of garden shrubs, ground covers and other flowering plants suitable for southern gardens.

‘‘We will work with the other local businesses to create something special for the winner to enjoy for a long time.’’

Heaps Landscaping owner Craig Heaps said his team would ‘‘bring the brawn’’. ‘

‘We have a crew of fit young people keen to get involved with this project.’’

They had been doing landscaping and garden maintenance work in the Gore and wider districts for the past 17 years, he said. ‘‘The community has supported us and this is a way for us to give back.’’

Mr Heaps was excited to be part of the competition.

‘‘It’s good to pull together with other providers in the industry and give back to a deserving local person.’’