Hutt at Heart
A group of people standing in front of a garden.
L-R: Hutt City Council’s Justin Arthur, Rebecca Grigg, Mark Curr, Janine Jones, Janet Lawson, Ellie Lawson, Holly Lawson, Marcus Sherwood, Sam Dickie, Shelley Angus, Riba Greally, Jonathan Fredricks and the team from Downer

Giving back, one garden at a time

For the last seven years Hutt City Council, in collaboration with Te Omanga Hospice and more recently Downer NZ, have been helping families in need with their gardens.

At the end of last year, the three teams got together and tackled a large garden for a family with a loved one in hospice care. The goal was to make their lives easier and to spread some Christmas spirit.

“It’s one less thing for the family to worry about while caring for their loved one.” says Reserves Technical Officer Janine Jones.

“We’re helping people with something that can get neglected when dealing with other priorities”

The team spent five hours cutting back trees, clearing paths, weeding and putting down mulch, clearing three trucks worth of green waste. Parks Technical Officer Justin Arthur said that their aim was to restore the garden to its former glory.

“We’re trying to make it as low-maintenance as we can. Mulching prevents weeds from growing back and clearing the paths of moss removes any trip hazards. Cutting back trees and tidying up the area underneath has made a huge difference to the way it looks.”

The families were nominated by Te Omanga Hospice and teams from Hutt City Council and Downer NZ visit their properties to see what they can do.

“It’s been so well received over the last seven years that we’re hoping to do it twice in 2019.” Janine says.

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