Following a competition to find Windsor’s Gardening Great, local resident Bruce Skeen has been crowned and will be heroed on the front cover of this year’s 2017/18 Yellow Pages and White Pages Windsor book, along with his top gardening tip.
The search for Windsor’s Gardening Great exists as a result of the partnership between the Yellow Pages, White Pages and the ACFCGN.
A first of its kind venture that will see all Windsor directories used to celebrate the achievements of the ACFCGN, who work to promote the benefits of community gardening and urban agriculture, and facilitate the formation and management of community gardens.
Bruce impressed a panel of judges from the Yellow Pages, White Pages and the ACFCGN, after he entered an image of his striking garden along with his creative gardening tip, demonstrating his love and passion of gardening and urban agriculture.
“When I found out I was chosen as Windsor’s Gardening Great, I was totally shocked but very excited to accept the title,” Bruce said.
“I have been gardening for 65 years and have found no better way to relax and be creative, while also contribute to making my community more sustainable and beautiful.
“I hope my gardening tip will inspire others in the Windsor region to get out and start a garden of their own.”
Not only will Bruce and his beautifully sown garden appear on the cover of this year’s Yellow Pages and White Pages Windsor book, but his gardening tip, and the secret to his healthy garden, will appear on the inside of the front cover for local residents to use, alongside details of the remarkable work that the ACFCGN do in the area.
“This is a natural partnership as the Yellow Pages, White Pages and the ACFCGN share the common goal of connecting members of local communities,” Yellow Pages spokesperson, Erin Williamson said.
“We also share a mutual love for gardening and appreciation for the benefits of community gardens and urban agriculture.
“We are excited to see the nations gardening king and queens celebrated on the cover of our directories over the coming months and hope to encourage more Aussie’s to get their hands dirty and relish the benefits of gardening too.”
A volunteer network, the ACFCGN facilitates the formation and management of over 600 community gardens and similar social enterprises across the nation, by making important information attainable.
The network aims to promote the benefits that community gardens and urban farms can bring to local communities, while also endorsing the positive impacts on individual health and well-being.
“Community gardens are a place where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can participate, create and learn contributing to a happier and healthier lifestyle,” Chris Brown, NSW representative for the ACFCGN said.
“We are excited by the partnership with the Yellow Pages and White Pages and eager to use this platform to promote the benefits of community gardening and encourage more people to get involved with the network.”
Distribution of the 2017/18 Windsor Yellow Pages and White Pages cobound book featuring Bruce Skeen will take place from Saturday, March 24.
For those wanting to opt out of their book delivery, they can do so at www.directoryselect.com.au.
To find out more about the Garden Greats competition, visit www.yellowpages.com.au/gardengreats.
For more information on the ACFCGN in your area visit https://communitygarden.org.au/.