Donna Branch (right) displaying the certificate and posing with the prizes she received during the UDC’s Garden Beautification Programme while from left Acting Assistant General Manager of the NCC, Mary Fields, the UDC’s Project Officer, Paula Gall and Marketing Manager of Dacosta Mannings Retail Limited, Grace Chambers join in the presentation ceremony. (A.Miller/BGIS)??

Donna Branch could not contain her excitement when she found out that she was the winner of the Urban Development Commission’s (UDC) Garden Beautification Competition 2012.

Ms. Branch, of Maynard’s Land, Bush Hall, St. Michael, received a Garden Enhancement Package, compliments of the National Conservation Commission (NCC) and a $500 gift voucher from Dacosta Mannings Retail Limited.

Director of the UDC, Derek Alleyne, said the competition was one of the many projects undertaken by the Commission to beautify the environment. "We believe that if a person can spend time looking after their gardens, they would not have a beautiful garden and a dirty house.?? So, we are trying to kill two birds with one stone and I want

to congratulate all the winners and I am confident that we will get more applicants for this year’s competition," he added.

Meanwhile, Ms. Branch, who described her beautification efforts as "a lot of hard work" remarked: "I started the garden even before I moved into the house.?? I am in the garden as early as 5:00 a.m. and late on evenings as I dedicate my time to enhancing and beautifying my surroundings."

The second prize went to Veronica St. Clair, of Mayers Road, My Lord’s Hill, St. Michael, who won a $250 gift voucher from Dacosta Mannings Retail Limited, garden solar lights from Do it Best Home Centre and garden supplies from Carter’s General Stores

Third prize winner Diana Sobers, of Brittons Hill, St. Michael, received an assorted garden hamper from Carter’s General Stores.

Undertaken in partnership with the NCC and the National Botanicals Gardens, the competition was open to persons who received house repairs from the UDC or resided in UDC houses.?? Participants were encouraged to be as creative as possible and use recyclable materials within their presentations.


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