Green group moves into its new city base

3''A new venue for Southsea Greenhouse - near to Canoe Lake in Southsea''(left to right) Tim Orchard (29), Wendy Brenan (64), Sue Stokes (51), Louise Lawrence (39), Elaine Cooper (48), Graham Newcombe (58), Nigel Huggins (56), and Jess Broderick (19)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13522-1327)
3''A new venue for Southsea Greenhouse - near to Canoe Lake in Southsea''(left to right) Tim Orchard (29), Wendy Brenan (64), Sue Stokes (51), Louise Lawrence (39), Elaine Cooper (48), Graham Newcombe (58), Nigel Huggins (56), and Jess Broderick (19)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13522-1327)
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A COMMUNITY group is celebrating the opening of its new green home in Southsea.

The cabin will act as the base for Southsea Greenhouse, which grows, creates and sells local produce, plants and crafts.

Sue Stokes, who is in charge of fundraising for the group, said: ‘The cabin is our home and the place where the public can buy or exchange their home-grown products.

‘We’re looking to make it accessible so everyone is welcome.’

She added: ‘We’ve moved from our location at The Pyramids and it is nice to have our own place.’

Southsea Greenhouse was joined at its new garden by Waitrose staff from the Southsea store, who presented a cheque of £1,000 to go towards planting trees in Portsmouth.

The group was contacted by the Waitrose, which is celebrating 75 years of trading and was interested in the work of the green group.

Mrs Stokes added: ‘They called us and we worked up a plan to plant trees native to England in the south of the city.

‘We want to set up apple trees to line the garden.

‘It’s about doing something for the city and making it greener and giving a place where people can come and enjoy the outside in a different way.’

Colleagues from the Waitrose store were shown around the plot of land and were told the plans for the community garden.

Steve Matthews, duty manager of retail support for Waitrose, Southsea, said: ‘We wanted to do something to celebrate our 75 years. A lot of us thought trees as we have rooted ourselves into the partnership and they are something that can grow like us.

‘We’re giving something back to the community which everyone can enjoy.’

The cheque presentation came after Southsea Greenhouse moved its cabin from a temporary base in North Harbour to its new permanent location near Canoe Lake.