Contribute to the urban biodiversity of Auckland in your own back (or front) yard
Do you have a spare area of your property that needs attention?
Have you thought about planting an urban garden using New Zealand native plant species only and following a few simple principles to create good habitat?
Submit a landscape planting plan for judging and be in to win the plants for you to plant your garden.
CATEGORIES + PRIZES
- 1m2 to 5m2 PRIZE Plants valued up to $250
- 5.1m2 to 10m2 PRIZE Plants valued up to $350
- 10m2 + PRIZE Plants valued up to $500
Terms and Conditions:
- Submit a landscape planting plan for judging and be in the draw to win the plants for you to plant your garden.
- Entries close Sunday 28 April. With winners confirmed at the AGM on 26 May 2019.
- Via email to Centralauckland.email@example.com or post to PO Box 1118 Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
- Competition categories and prizes:
- 1m2 to 5m2 - Prize = Plants valued up to $250;
- 5.1m2 to 10m2 - Prize = Plants valued up to $350
- 10m2 + - Prize = Plants valued up to $500.
- Plants will be delivered by Committee Members of the Central Auckland Branch.
- Assessment criteria:
- Use NZ native plant species only
- Choose plants for colour/ texture/ height
- Appropriate plant spacing and numbers
- Choose plants that will grow in the local conditions i.e. shade/direct sunlight/ free draining soils/ sheltered/ windy etc
- Design for the following ecological criteria;
- Vegetation structure – have a diversity of layers, from trees all the way down through herbs/grasses
- Diversity of food resources – as many different native plants as possible that provide fruit, nectar or attract insects
- Create structure using rocks, deadwood/branches, leaf litter
- Don’t be a tidy kiwi – leave organic messes!
7. Conditions of entry:
a. Must be a member of Forest and Bird Central Auckland Branch Area. New members welcome here: https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/support-us/join-forest-bird
b. Entrants must intend to plant garden especially if a winning entrant. Permission must be obtained from the property owner.
c. Winners must commit to planting the garden this planting season May to September 2019 or a new winner will be found.
d. Garden must be on private property i.e. not within the road berm or on a public reserve.
e. Winners permit photographs of the planted garden to be used in the forest and bird newsletter and competition promotion for 2020 should it be held again.