Finding elusive gnomes nets searchers a sweet bounty

PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH
PHOTOS: PETER MCINTOSH

Sloane Smith, of Dunedin, (left) hugs a gnome as she prepares for the latest July gnome hunt at Glenfalloch Garden yesterday, while Emma Fleming, of Dunedin, came prepared for rain.

A few showers failed to dim the enthusiasm of 90 youngsters taking part in the last of the month’s three gnome hunts, held from 10am-2pm yesterday, Glenfalloch events co-ordinator Glenda Bruce said.

Participants sheltered at the Glenfalloch restaurant as required, and enjoyed their task of finding nine ‘‘gnaughty gnomes’’ at the woodland garden, noting down their secret names and returning the list to receive a sweet treat, organisers said.

Ms Bruce said the gnome hunt had been held at the garden every year since 2009, except for last year.

A ‘‘pretty good’’ outcome, in which 273 children had attended three ‘‘hunting’’ days, meant the event would continue each year in future.

 

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