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YVONNE O’HARA
yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

The Keep Alexandra and Clyde Beautiful group celebrated its 30th birthday recently with a dinner and bus tour of the beautification projects it had undertaken during the past three decades.

Current president David Beer said the volunteer group started in 1988 as part of an anti-litter campaign.

“We have 12 active members plus supporters,” Mr Beer said.

“However, we would like more new members.”

Its work includes litter removal, the Best Street competition, projects for Clean Up New Zealand Week and site beautification of several parks and gardens in and around Alexandra and Clyde.

Its latest project was at the Otago Central Rail Trail station car park in Alexandra. The project included weeding and replanting a small garden, which had been damaged by fire in February.

Funding came from the Central Otago District Council and trees for the replanting were bought from Haehaeata Nursery.

The group has worked on the Kamaka walkway, sites on the Rail Trail, the reconstruction of the Alexandra lookout wall, seating and plantings at various parks and rest areas including Blackmore Park in Alexandra, and the trees to form the Cherry Tree Avenue in Clyde.

The group was involved with the Trees for Babies project, planting at Wastebusters, signage for notable heritage trees in Pioneer Park and the Alexandra entrance sign committee plantings. It also organised seating at the Linger and Die, kowhai plantings as part of Project Gold, and initiated hanging baskets down Centennial Ave.

“We have a monthly meeting to decide what needs to be done,” Mr Beer said.

He said in addition to working with the council, the group worked with Asplundh, Rotary and other service clubs.

Its projects have won or placed second in several awards, including the Trust Power Award – Heritage and Environmental in 2000, 2008 and 2006.

The group also did well in the 2011 and 2013 Fonterra Environmental awards, and was the Paint New Zealand Beautiful award winner for 2015.

It won the Beautiful Town awards (under 8000 people) in both 1999 and 2006.

Anyone interested in joining can phone Mr Beer on 21240-9163 or email him on d.beer1308@gmail.