It may be too late to save the rose garden

Concerns were emailed to the Gisborne District Council many weeks ago regarding the current poor state of the city rose garden requesting that an urgent supply of water, mulch and food be provided before the already-stressed roses reach a state of no return.

It may now be too late to save many of the roses as to date they remain neglected, even though we were assured that a rose specialist was on the case.

The GDC’s “new garden team” are now on leave.

If maintained, the rose gardens would continue to be a cruise ship visitor attraction and a source of pride to city residents and an attraction to all visitors to the city, even while adjacent building projects are undertaken.

To maintain the roses now would avoid an added expense to ratepayers later.

The gardens were previously maintained to a high standard by gardener Lynn, now retired and not replaced.

Another challenge: It would take Mayor Meng a few minutes to fix the problem by phoning his contacts today to arrange that water be re-installed to the gardens and mulch and fertiliser proved.

His contacts within the gardening circles and volunteers could return the gardens to their former glory. Mayor Meng has the power. Simple. Job done.

OBSERVING AGAIN

Concerns were emailed to the Gisborne District Council many weeks ago regarding the current poor state of the city rose garden requesting that an urgent supply of water, mulch and food be provided before the already-stressed roses reach a state of no return.

It may now be too late to save many of the roses as to date they remain neglected, even though we were assured that a rose specialist was on the case.

The GDC’s “new garden team” are now on leave.

If maintained, the rose gardens would continue to be a cruise ship visitor attraction and a source of pride to city residents and an attraction to all visitors to the city, even while adjacent building projects are undertaken.

To maintain the roses now would avoid an added expense to ratepayers later.

The gardens were previously maintained to a high standard by gardener Lynn, now retired and not replaced.

Another challenge: It would take Mayor Meng a few minutes to fix the problem by phoning his contacts today to arrange that water be re-installed to the gardens and mulch and fertiliser proved.

His contacts within the gardening circles and volunteers could return the gardens to their former glory. Mayor Meng has the power. Simple. Job done.

OBSERVING AGAIN

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Max - 10 days ago
After Lynn retired the gardens were maintained by Downer from 1 Nov 2016. Since then it became the responsibility of the GDC. It is not only the rose gardens looking sad but during our peak visitor season the median strip is full of weeds including tar seal and also the roundabouts look messy with weeds. A poor excuse, regarding the rose gardens, our peak season and the rose gardens looking a mess and being so close to the farmers market is not very good at marketing our region. Several plants in the CBD are dying through lack of water. So much for progress.

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