Fareham scoops gold for the 12th year running in horticultural competition

VERDANT Heather Scott, a volunteer with the gardening club at Northern Junior Community School in Portchester with, from left, Ruby Howell, 10, Kate Barnwell, eight, Aaron Woods, 10, and Harriet Parkes, 10 Picture: Sarah Standing (151573-4419)
VERDANT Heather Scott, a volunteer with the gardening club at Northern Junior Community School in Portchester with, from left, Ruby Howell, 10, Kate Barnwell, eight, Aaron Woods, 10, and Harriet Parkes, 10 Picture: Sarah Standing (151573-4419)
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GLORIOUS gardens, stunning school grounds and wonderful woodlands have all helped Fareham secure gold for the 12th year running in a horticultural competition.

The town has once again been awarded the accolade at the South and South East in Bloom awards, giving Fareham its 12th consecutive winning entry in the Small City category. It was the only winner from The News area.

Executive member for leisure and community councillor Tiffany Harper hailed the achievement and praised the hard work of the volunteers and council workers who put their efforts into making Fareham beautiful.

She said: ‘It is an amazing achievement to have done so well.

‘This success is the result of a consistent commitment to parks and environmental services and it’s thanks to the hard work of our passionate volunteers and council officers. I know residents and visitors are always impressed with the parks and gardens around Fareham.’

The awards were at the Amex Stadium in Brighton.

As well as Fareham’s overall success in the Small City category, Fareham’s parks and gardens were also recognised with gold awards going to: Holly Hill Woodland Park, Sensory Garden of Reflection; Westbury Manor Garden; Warsash Common and the Civic Gardens.

Four ‘outstanding’ Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards were presented to: Fareham Conservation Volunteers; The Residents of Burnham Wood; Fareham and Crofton Cricket Club and Sarisbury Cricket Club.

The privately-run Portchester Memorial Gardens also won a gold award and it was declared category winner in the Commercial Landscape category.

Northern Junior Community School in Portchester received a gold award and was named the overall Hampshire winner in the Schools category.

The Fareham Conservation Volunteers received a Britain in Bloom commendation and Fareham was the highest marked entry in Hampshire.

Peter Holman, chairman of South and South East in Bloom, said: ‘It was good to see Fareham completing its 12th year and achieving gold. Fareham continues to be an outstanding entry and a model for others to follow.’

A further In Bloom award ceremony will be held to celebrate success at a local level on Friday, when the Fareham In Bloom awards will be handed out at the Ferneham Hall, marking the 20th year of the town’s involvement with the competition.