Love Your Street campaign launched in Portsmouth

(l-r) Jessica Hughes, communication and community manager Southern Co-Op, Brian Brasher chief service officer Portsmouth City Council and Joanna Bowles Portsmouth Together Volunteer at the launch of Love Your Street, in Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150202-860)
(l-r) Jessica Hughes, communication and community manager Southern Co-Op, Brian Brasher chief service officer Portsmouth City Council and Joanna Bowles Portsmouth Together Volunteer at the launch of Love Your Street, in Southsea.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150202-860)

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COMMUNITY groups have heaped praise on a new project to help spruce up our neighbourhoods.

The Love Your Street campaign, backed by The News, is a grants project where people are being urged to work with their neighbours to build stronger local communities.

From left, Jessica Hughes, communication and community manager Southern Co-Op, Brian Brasher chief service officer Portsmouth City Council and Joanna Bowles Portsmouth Together Volunteer.  Launch of Love Your Street, in Southsea.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (150202-860)

From left, Jessica Hughes, communication and community manager Southern Co-Op, Brian Brasher chief service officer Portsmouth City Council and Joanna Bowles Portsmouth Together Volunteer. Launch of Love Your Street, in Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150202-860)

Residents can apply for grants for projects that could make a change for the better in a street or small neighbourhood.

It is linked to Portsmouth Together, a Portsmouth City Council project that looks to get more volunteers to help improve where they live.

Sue Stokes, the founder of the Southsea Greenhouse community garden, said: ‘It’s a great idea. We have done something similar in Fratton.

‘This is about getting people involved and keeping their areas beautiful.

‘It’s brilliant. It’s a great way of involving people in their streets.

‘There’s not enough of it happening. It’s really great to get people involved and looking outside their front door.

‘Hopefully lots of people will want to get involved in this.’

Nicky Pybus is the chairperson of Love Baffins, a community group which was set up last year.

She said: ‘It’s fantastic in terms of what we are looking at doing.

‘Our whole ethos is looking at improving the community.

‘There’s a lot of community spirit and lots of positive stuff happening but there’s a lot of building up and working together to be done.’

Dr David Rumble, the strategic head of conservation and education at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: ‘We are supporting the Love Your Street project as we feel it provides an excellent opportunity for neighbours and local communities to work together to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife rich spaces in urban areas.

‘Even very small actions such as using nectar-rich plants in community garden schemes can mean people get to experience and enjoy wildlife on their very own doorsteps.’

The funding comes from The Cities of Service funding that the city won last year and from The Southern Co-operative.