Green Delight in Estates
Flower Bed Design Competitions
Starting from the first phase of the GDE, Flower Bed Design Competition has been organised on an annual basis for five years. The competition comprised two stages, aiming to raise the awareness of residents in greening.
The first stage of the competition was a series of seedling distribution activities called Adopt a Flowering Potted Plant. Residents were invited to take a potted plant and nurture it at home for at least a month. Over a thousand of seedlings were distributed to the residents of all participating estates each year.
The second stage was started after the plants blossomed. Together with the efforts of Green Ambassadors and the frontline housing staff, residents put the blossomed potted plants together and decorate their own estates by designing attractive flower bed for display and competition. Each design of the flower bed was rated basing on criteria such as theme and design, as well as the cooperation of the estate management, EMAC members and tenants by a judging panel composed of representatives from the Housing Authority, the Institute of Horticulture (Hong Kong) and The Conservancy Association.
We conducted a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme and received encouraging results. The survey showed that the programme had fostered the mutual support among residents. Residents were willing to share their planting experience with neighbours and some of them even assisted others to take care of the plants when they were out of town. Residents were also asked about their opinion on the newly built flower beds. Nearly 80% of respondent thought that the estate was greener after the programme. While the beautiful and unique flower beds were built, the programme also strengthened the cohesiveness within the community.