Old park gets new life

Eryk Rose (23) has been making progress on turning a piece of waste land in Portsea into a garden and allotment area and now has the support of the Portsmouth City Council, and is now getting assistance from young and old alike   (front squat left to right) Spencer Mayes (9), Freddie Dunford, (6), Billy Cookson (6) and Reggie Mayes (6)   (standing left to right) Alicia Turbill (9), Harley Dunfold (10), Owen Scrivens (10), Eryk Rose (23), Mel Turbill (39), Denise Wanley (64) and Sylvia Hewitt   Picture: Malcolm Wells (123207-1162)
Eryk Rose (23) has been making progress on turning a piece of waste land in Portsea into a garden and allotment area and now has the support of the Portsmouth City Council, and is now getting assistance from young and old alike (front squat left to right) Spencer Mayes (9), Freddie Dunford, (6), Billy Cookson (6) and Reggie Mayes (6) (standing left to right) Alicia Turbill (9), Harley Dunfold (10), Owen Scrivens (10), Eryk Rose (23), Mel Turbill (39), Denise Wanley (64) and Sylvia Hewitt Picture: Malcolm Wells (123207-1162)

SOUTHSEA GREEN: A hidden gem

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WHEN guerrilla gardener Eryk Rose spotted an old park that needed sprucing up, he sprang into action.

The Portsea resident grew some plants and vegetables in the ground off York Place, Portsea, and was amazed to find when he came back a short while later that no one had taken them away. Now four months on, Eryk, 23, has enlisted the help of the rest of the community in turning the land into a thriving garden. Portsmouth City Council recently gave the land Community Garden status, which means anyone from the city can come and plant things.

Eryk, who works as a computer engineer, said: ‘It’s taken off. The place looks great and we hope to plant even more when spring comes round again.’