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Narelle Wells and Wayne Moore win Care For Hedland’s best garden competition

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
2022 Great Gardens Grand Champions Narelle Wells and Wayne Moore with Hedland First National representatives Morag Lowe and Danielle Collins.
Camera Icon2022 Great Gardens Grand Champions Narelle Wells and Wayne Moore with Hedland First National representatives Morag Lowe and Danielle Collins. Credit: Supplied/Care for Hedland

Port Hedland locals Narelle Wells and Wayne Moore have the best garden in the Pilbara town after winning the top gong at the annual Care For Hedland Environmental Association Great Gardens Competition.

The competition runs from June to August and encourages Hedland gardeners to show off their gardens, receive recognition for their hard work and be in the running to win big prizes.

The annual awards night was held on August 18 at the South Hedland RSL Community Garden where winners were announced and the hard working volunteers from the gardening season recognised.

Ms Wells and Mr Moore won the overall Grand Champion award and the prize of $1500 donated by Hedland First National, as well as the Hedland Home Hardware Best Edible Garden Award.

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Community Garden coordinator Robyn Todd said this year’s entry numbers were unprecedented, with 41 entries received for the 11 categories and this showed a continuing and growing interest in all types of home gardens in Hedland.

“This year we received a record 41 entries,” she said.

“This shows that more and more residents are being inspired to create their own oasis at home and having pride in their garden, their home and where they live.

“It was an incredibly tough job for the judges, but fantastic to see the efforts and endeavours and the truly innovative ways local Hedland people are transforming their yards and usable garden spaces.”

Other awards include the best rental garden which went to Robyn O’Meagher while the Kaye Tapscott encouragement award was awarded to Ben Seal.

In the junior categories, Henry Whitney was named best junior gardener, while runner up was Jasper Perkins.

Care For Hedland’s Giant Veggie winners were South Hedland primary school for a 10.8kg pumpkin and Agnes Haslett for a 3.4kg paw paw.

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