City prepares for Portsmouth in Bloom

THE FUTURE'S ORANGE Children at Langstone Junior School, which won the gold award in the School Environmental Project category last year
THE FUTURE'S ORANGE Children at Langstone Junior School, which won the gold award in the School Environmental Project category last year
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IT’S time to tidy your lawn, spruce up your flowerbeds and make sure your garden is looking great.

Tomorrow is the launch of Portsmouth in Bloom, which for the second year running has been organised by Southsea Greenhouse along with Portsmouth City Council.

This year there are 16 categories, for residents, schools, businesses and community groups, and Portsmouth Water is also offering 10 cash prizes of £50 for water-saving ideas.

The competition is being officially launched tomorrow in the community garden near Canoe Lake in Southsea, from 11am to 5pm.

Southsea Greenhouse chairman Sue Portman said: ‘We organised the event last year as the council was keen to give it a community feel and we succeeded as we got loads of entries by quite some margin compared to the previous year.

‘Last year we had 186 people enter and we really want to go further this year.’

The full list of categories are:

- Front garden

- Hanging basket or wall container

- Balcony

- Sustainable garden

- Public premises

- Community gardens

- Business gardens

- Gardens in sheltered housing or apartments

- Eat my street

- Allotment

- School decorated with flowers (nursery/infants/juniors) (secondary/further/higher education)

- Eat my school (nursery/infants/juniors) (secondary/further/higher education)

- School environmental project (nursery/infants/juniors) (secondary/further/higher education)

The competition closes for schools on June 1 and for the other categories June 15. The awards ceremony takes place at the Portsmouth Guildhall on September 16. To find out more, visit portsmouthinbloom.org.uk