Langstone Village Association (LVA) members informally opened the newly restored Tower Garden’s flower bed thanks to a grant from Hampshire County Council (HCC).
Deteriorating since the 1960s, when it was initially constructed, in what used to be a proud centerpiece of Tower Gardens, the flower bed had become an eyesore to residents and those in the surrounding community.
The flower bed was designed by Edward Bowyer, of Stansted Garden Centre. He aimed to create a seaside ambience that would not only restore but enhance the gardens.
He said: ‘There were many aspects which inspired my design for the project at Tower Gardens, with Langstone being originally a port for Havant, I felt that a nautical theme had to be present in my design.’
His vision was achieved using grasses and plants that consisted of mainly blues and purples, and were used to create the sound and sense of motion with help from the prevailing offshore wind.
A further objective was to choose plants requiring minimum maintenance.
The project has led to Edward getting larger design projects in Portsmouth, most notably in the Blue Water Care Home.
In addition, even the local residents at Langstone are asking for his ideas and designs for their own gardens.
He added: ‘The fact that the project has stirred the hearts of the community is fabulous.
‘Everyone is happy with how the project turned out and I hope that this border makes a statement about Langstone’s history with the sea and the people that live there.’
The residents of Tower Gardens were able to replace the surrounding brick wall with sleepers, clear out old soil, plants and bushes and then lay a pebble base before settling the plants.
The project has benefited from the continued support of Councillor Ray Bolton, the LVA and the Stansted Garden Centre.
A bric-a-brac and book sale, and contributions from residents also funded the project.