By Grace Jones | posted on February 21, 2019
KEEP Albany Beautiful President and Secretary Alice Rule is asking for more people to get behind their Best Kept awards as the judging kicks off for the March award.
Each month, Ms Rule and her fellow judge Barry Chapman visit a number of houses to judge who has the Best Kept Business Garden, Private Garden, Waterwise Garden and Street.
Ms Rule said recently there had been a drop in people nominating their homes for consideration.
“We would like people to nominate their gardens or their friends’ gardens,” she said.
“We get a few nominations so at the moment we are selecting areas each month to judge.
“We’ll drive around and then select who best fits the awards for the month.”
Ms Rule said the selection process was a bit more involved than just picking which garden looked the prettiest.
“Residents must go beyond their own garden area and look after the verge as well,” she said.
Keep Albany Beautiful run a number of events throughout the year to encourage Albany residents to put forward their yards in time for the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town award.
“We were doing very well for a number of years but just recently we have lost a few,” Ms Rule lamented.
“Hopefully we’ll be in with a chance this year.”
Ms Rule said Keep Albany Beautiful would run a Clean Up Australia Day in March and the popular Day of Trees event.
“We work with the City of Albany to select a place and invite all of the schools in the area to plant trees,” she said.
“We also run the Children’s Art Competition that is judged at the end of the year.”
To register you house, a friend’s house or your business for the monthly garden awards, contact Ms Rule on 9844 7449.