Green-fingered Gosport gardeners pick up top awards for their work

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A BUSINESS centre is blooming after winning an award for its impressive greenery.

Gosport Business Centre took gold in the business initiative in the community category in Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent in Bloom.

Bosses at the centre praised the hard work and dedication of its gardener Cyril Coote Mackay.

The praise comes after a particularly tough year for horticulturists as they tackled to get their plants to blossom in difficult weather.

Cyril received the gold medal from TV’s Fred Dinenage at Thorngate Halls in Bury Road, Gosport.

Alver Quay came second and also picked up gold in the community and neighbourhood award.

Richard Thorne and Malcolm Margetts won gold for their allotment.

And Swan Court won gold in the retirement/sheltered housing category.

The best front garden belonged to Mr and Mrs Foster as they picked up gold.

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