Elizabeth Gray is very pleased with the Southern Downs Regional Council after they made her husbands place of rest beautiful again.
Elizabeth Gray is very pleased with the Southern Downs Regional Council after they made her husbands place of rest beautiful again. Candyce Braithwaite

Gardens spruced up

EDEN Gardens is a place for loved ones who have died and a place for family members and friends to remember them.

However, when Elizabeth Gray visited about a month ago, she found her husband's grave a mess.

The gardens were overgrown with weeds, the rose she had planted was sick and the lawn was hard and yellow.

"I was actually very upset when I saw the state of the garden," Mrs Gray said.

"It really looked like no-one cared."

So she wrote a letter to Mayor Ron Bellingham in the hope he would read it and take action.

Mrs Gray received a reply from the mayor a week later.

"I was absolutely delighted with the reply I got," she said.

"I appreciated that he took the time to reply."

When Mrs Gray returned to the gardens to visit her husband who she laid to rest there in 1986, she was pleasantly surprised to find the gardens in better shape.

"I couldn't believe how wonderful the gardens looked," Mrs Gray said.

"The weeds had been pulled out and the garden had been mulched. The rose looked alive and even the lawns were soft and green.

"I am very thankful to Mayor Ron Bellingham and the Southern Downs Regional Council for taking time out of their busy days to help me out."


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