FAREHAM’S beauty spots and gardens have been paid a visit by judges in a regional competition.
Ian White and Kevin Taitt, toured the borough as part of the South and Southeast England in Bloom.
They visited Portchester’s Northern Junior School, which recently won a Hampshire-wide best school-grounds award.
The judges inspected Linden Lea’s wildflower meadow, a sensory garden in Fareham town centre and the Westbury Manor Museum garden before attending a garden party at a private house in Sarisbury.
Hosts Bridget and Geoff Thickett said they were delighted with the way Fareham was looking and were hopeful the borough would win a gold award, which would be its 10th in a row.
Mr Thickett and his wife have volunteered with Fareham in Bloom for many years.
This is all about making Fareham a better and more attractive place to live and workGeoff Thickett
He said: ‘This is all about making Fareham a better and more attractive place to live and work.’
Mrs Thickett said: ‘‘We have so many wonderful beds, roundabouts and wildflower meadows and they all look fantastic all summer and in winter too.’
Fareham’s mayor Councillor Mike Ford said: ‘I’ve been looking around at a lot of the gardens and they’re looking really good.
‘We’ve had better growing conditions over the past month or so – sunshine and bit of rain, so things are looking very positive.’
Councillor Connie Hockley, Fareham Borough Council’s leisure and community chairwoman, said: ‘It’s not just about gardens, it’s the environment, it’s cleanliness and it’s conservation.
‘It’s everything that makes a place look and feel lovely.
‘It’s very exciting and it could not succeed without the commitment of our Fareham in Bloom volunteers, Fareham Borough Council and all the other volunteers who work on the project.
‘It’s very much a team effort.’