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The poor state of the gardens surrounding the Alexandra Cenotaph on Anzac Day has resulted in an apology from the Central Otago District Council (CODC).

Alexandra woman Annette McLean contacted The News to say she was “disappointed and somewhat embarrassed” by the state of the garden at the base of the Alexandra War Memorial on Anzac Day.

“To view smart uniforms, the solemn and respectful manner of the attending crowd, and the genuine thanks expressed for our fallen soldiers – all seemed a little lacklustre and disrespectful when they were surrounded by dead and/or frosted bedding plants,” she said.

“I felt ashamed by the lack of care and attention to the garden and was wondering what our visitors and tourists thought of our less-than-brilliant floral display.

“To rub salt into the wound was the fact that the following day the garden crew were out in full force pulling out dead plants and replacing them with new bedding plants.

“Just a little bit too late for my liking, and I am sure others that were in attendance would agree.”

CODC parks and recreation manager Mat Begg apologised for the floral display.