Flower beds bloom as community group makes Fratton green

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FLOWERS are in bloom at Hale Court in Fratton.

Southsea Greenhouse is continuing its campaign to make Portsmouth a greener city.

DIGGING IN Southsea Greenhouse volunteers plant flowerbeds outside Hale Court in Fratton Road for Portsmouth in Bloom. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13607-1)

DIGGING IN Southsea Greenhouse volunteers plant flowerbeds outside Hale Court in Fratton Road for Portsmouth in Bloom. Picture: Paul Jacobs (13607-1)

Yesterday, it planted bulbs in a flower bed outside sheltered housing in Fratton Road, Fratton.

Last winter, the group asked residents in Fratton where they would like to see new greenery and Hale Court came out on top.

Southsea Greenhouse began work in November by planting daffodil bulbs in raised flower beds.

Now spring has arrived, more planting can begin.

Sue Stokes, campaigner for Southsea Greenhouse, said: ‘We are excited to be getting under way with the planting at Hale Court.

‘We have lots of flowers to plant like roses and cordylines and palms, all of which we bought from B&Q at a discounted price.

‘It’s a nice place and the beds will be looked after by the community which is what we want.

‘The positioning for the flowers is fantastic.

‘The bed is outside the front room window of Hale Court so the elderly people can enjoy them from inside.

‘But, because it is on a public road, others can enjoy it too.

‘Our garden has become a main focal point and it is not just a dinky little flower bed to be forgotten on Fratton Road.’

Everyone at the Southsea Greenhouse has high hopes for the newly-planted flowers. It is even entering it into the Portsmouth in Bloom competition.

Sue said: ‘We decided to enter the flower bed into the annual competition.

‘It will be in the Best Sheltered Housing Garden category so watch this space.’

The new flower bed is being sponsored by Fratton Big Local. It received £1m of funding from the National Lottery Fund to spend over the course of 10 years.

It takes suggestions as to where the money can be spent and how it can be used to help improve the Fratton area.

Fratton businesses Asda, B&Q and Southern Co-operative Funeral Directors are also sponsoring Southsea Greenhouse to help turn the small flower bed into a flourishing garden.

Residents are being asked to donate flowers to ensure there is a wide variety available on show.

As previously reported in The News, Southsea Greenhouse has recently moved into its permanent home by Canoe Lake, Southsea.

The community group is building a garden where residents can help plant vegetables and flowers.

It is also looking to use their cabin as a small shop selling seeds, crafts, fruit and vegetables.

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