GLOUCESTER Garden Club has won a prestigious Australia-wide award for outstanding service to its community.
The Eleanor McLeod Award was presented at last month’s annual Garden Clubs of Australia (GCA) convention in Ballarat.
Gloucester Garden Club won the award for its involvement in three major projects over the past three years: the Memorial Park pergola and rose garden project, the establishment and ongoing maintenance of Narraweema nursing home gardens and raising $700 for the Westpac Helicopter Service.
Three members, president Judy Holstein, vice president Shirley Hazell and member Sharyn Blanch, travelled to Ballarat to personally receive the award on behalf of members.
The trio flew into Melbourne then travelled to Ballarat by hire car to attend the annual meeting, convention and awards presentation. The MC for the conference was George Hoad from Killabakh who is also the zone coordinator for garden clubs in the local area.
The three Gloucester club members were invited on stage for the presentation by GCA promotions secretary Margaret Watts who gave an outline of the club’s efforts in winning the Australia-wide award.
The award was presented to Judy by Garden Clubs of Australia president Ken Bradley who congratulated the club on such a tremendous community effort.
Ken had called in for a coffee on his way through Gloucester only a few weeks earlier and was impressed with the town and central business district.
Judy, Sharyn and Shirley made the most of their trip to Ballarat “in very cold conditions”.
While in Victoria the women visited the Buninyong Botanic Gardens, Mount Buninyong and two private gardens and went on a guided tour of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens’ cacti and succulents display.
They also visited the amazing Ercildoune Historic Homestead and Banongil Estate at Skiptone.
The Eleanor McLeod Award was established in 1978 in honour of Doris Eleanor McLeod, a life member of the GCA and the former Blue Mountains zone coordinator.
It is presented each year to a club for outstanding service to the community.