Lovely ladies make town great

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A desire to see the town look beautiful has been a labour of love from a group of selfless women in Lawrence.

The trees, shrubs, roses and pittosporums which grace the kerbside in this small but vibrant rural township are cared for by just four women: Marie Kean, Elaine Crawford, Margaret Pearson and Eileen Grant.

All long-time residents of Lawrence they said they all harbour a deep desire to make things nice and colourful in their town.

Chief organiser Marie Kean has been looking after the operation for nine years now and said it is a combination of civic pride, civic action and a love for gardening that keeps them all coming back two to three times a week to care for the wide variety of plants and trees.

“Every couple of days during the summertime we come and water the plants, keep them clipped and trained, remove the weeds and care for them,” Mrs Kean said.

Mrs Kean’s group of green-fingered volunteers also look after a number of Whitespire Birch trees that have replaced Lombardy Poplars that used to line State Highway 8 at Lawrence.

Assisted by initial funding from the Tuapeka and Lawrence Community Company the group were also recently praised by the chairman of the Tuapeka Community Board Garry McCorkindale, for their work and dedication.

He thanked them on behalf of the community for their many hours of voluntary labour which was greatly appreciated by locals and visitors alike.