Social housing tenants are encouraged to show off their green thumbs and pride in their homes as part of the Bligh Government’s Garden Awards.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Garden Awards publicly recognised and rewarded tenants who cared for their rental properties through gardening.

“These awards are an opportunity for tenants to showcase their gardens, get involved in community life and improve their neighbourhoods,” Mr Pitt said.

“Many social housing tenants were affected by recent severe weather events with gardens damaged, washed away or choked with mud and debris.

“Residents are doing their best to get their homes back in order. Restoring damaged gardens is an important step in the recovery and renewal process.

“This year’s awards will give special recognition to tenants who have worked hard to re-establish their garden.”

Mr Pitt said the awards were open to all social housing tenants, including people living in community and local government-managed housing.

“The awards, now in their 15th year, are judged on effort and creativity and how the garden promotes water-wise principles,” Mr Pitt said.

“Whether it’s a balcony, patio, flower or vegetable patch, I encourage all tenants to get involved and help make Queensland beautiful again.”

A brochure and entry form will be posted to all social housing tenants shortly.

Entries close 1 September.

Winners will receive certificates and prizes chosen by award organisers in each region. All entrants will be invited to their local awards presentation.