Flower power wins the day as gardens take bloom awards

WINNERS From left, Geoff Thickett, Heather Scott, Heather Othan, Jean Kingdom and Bridgett Thickett who are all part of the Fareham in Bloom team at the Osborn Road sensory garden.   Picture: Steve Reid (113251-897)
WINNERS From left, Geoff Thickett, Heather Scott, Heather Othan, Jean Kingdom and Bridgett Thickett who are all part of the Fareham in Bloom team at the Osborn Road sensory garden. Picture: Steve Reid (113251-897)

NATS receives an MoD award

0
Have your say

FAREHAM’S green-fingered gardening wizards have taken top honours for an amazing eighth year running.

At the South and South East In Bloom awards, Fareham took the title of best small city.

THRILLED Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins presents Pam Chisham with her trophy.

THRILLED Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins presents Pam Chisham with her trophy.

The win came as entrants in the area covered by The News scooped 10 top awards.

Other winners included Lee-on-the-Solent’s coast, Gosport’s Crescent gardens and Chichester, which took the prize for large town.

A near-record of more than 250 entries were made in the numerous categories to find the top gardeners from Kent across to Dorset.

And one of Fareham in Bloom’s co-ordinators was singled out for an honour. Pam Chisham received an outstanding achievement award for services to the allotments and In Bloom.

Fareham’s horticultural officer Matt Wakefield nominated Mrs Chisham for the award, describing her as an ‘iconic character’ in the In Bloom community.

He said: ‘From the small beginnings of a local gardening competition she has been instrumental in developing the ever growing campaign, co-ordinating the annual competition and the team of volunteer judges required to judge the 300 entries.

‘With a passion for children’s gardening she teaches vegetable growing within schools and leads the annual allotments competition alongside her role with the Fareham Allotments Association as the trading manager.’

Mrs Chisham said: ‘I can’t believe it. I’m gobsmacked!

‘I’m heavily involved with the campaign and have been helping with it for 15 years.’

Councillor Connie Hockley, in charge of community matters for Fareham said: ‘For the eighth consecutive year Fareham has excelled in showcasing the best of its parks and horticultural provision across the borough.

‘I’d like to take this opportunity to recognise the tremendous contribution from our dedicated volunteers, who work in partnership with the council’s officers to maintain an outstanding award winning borough.’

Councillor Mark Hook leader of Gosport Borough Council, added: ‘I’m most pleased for the volunteers who put in a lot of effort, take a great deal of civic pride and are getting recognised for their efforts.’

THE WINNERS

Small city: Fareham in Bloom, gold and winner

Large town: Chichester in Bloom, gold and winner

Coastal: Lee-on-the-Solent, silver and winner

Conservation winner: Wildgrounds Nature Reserve, Gosport, gold and winner

Small park: Crescent Gardens, Gosport, gold and winner

Commercial garden/landscape: Portchester Memorial Gardens, gold and winner

The biodiversity award: Chichester in Bloom

The outstanding contribution award: Pam Chisham

Chairman’s award: The Friends of St Mark’s Churchyard, Alverstoke

Hampshire Life: Fareham in Bloom