Guerilla gardener comes out on top

Vicky Wilde garden centre assistant for sponsors  Garsons presents the best garden award to Eryk Rose on behalf of Portsea Community Garden ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8851)
Vicky Wilde garden centre assistant for sponsors Garsons presents the best garden award to Eryk Rose on behalf of Portsea Community Garden ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123630-8851)
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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GUERILLA gardener Eryk Rose has transformed an old, disused park into a space bursting with plants, flowers and vegetables – and that’s why he is the winner of Best Garden.

The 23-year-old, who lives in Portsea, Portsmouth, was overwhelmed after he picked up his prize from category sponsors Garsons.

Eryk decided to give the ground off York Place, Portsea, a new lease of life in the summer by planting some seeds.

Since then he has called on the help of others in the local community to make sure it is kept in tip-top shape.

Eryk said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this fantastic garden what it is today.

‘We plan to grow our own food next year and share it with the rest of the community.

‘This award helps to put the garden on the map.

‘I am very, very pleased that the work we are doing is being noticed.

‘Hopefully we can keep it up and we will buy new tools soon to help us in our efforts.’

Runner-up was Chris Allen, 64, who transformed a communal garden in West Leigh into a thriving space bursting with pots with plants.

She said: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant that I’ve picked up this award.’

Vicky Wylde, garden centre assistant manager at Garsons, said: ‘A massive well done to all the finalists and the winners.

‘We were inspired by all the stories. It’s a fantastic effort by all the finalists and we were impressed with what they’ve achieved.’

To watch a video of the awards night, click here