THE HARD WORK and long hours spent beautifying her surroundings have paid off for Marcia Springer, winner of the Urban Development Commission’s (UDC) 2016 Garden Beautification Competition.
For her labour of love, Springer won a water tank and irrigation system, which will be installed by students of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
The excited woman, whose garden was made up of flowers, vegetables and herbs, said she had been involved in gardening from 2005.
“I am proud to see that I could win the Urban Development competition,” she said, adding that she had won a number of garden competitions over the years, including this year’s AgroFest.
Springer said that several children from her community regularly assisted her in the garden. She expressed a keenness to continue sharing her skills with them so they too would be involved in the agricultural sector.
Patricia Phillips, of Bayville, St Michael, won the second prize of two gardening vouchers from Carter’s General Stores and H Hardware, while Cherylann Sivers-Anchinike took the third spot and received a garden hamper sponsored by EZ Pave.
The competition, with the theme Greening, Growing For All Generations, was part of the UDC’s activities to celebrate Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence. It was designed to encourage those living in urban areas to get involved in greening within their communities. (BGIS)