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  • Portsmouth in Bloom was launched with a party
  • Southsea Greenhouse hosted the event which also celebrated its 5th birthday
  • Schools, businesses and residents can now enter the annual garden competition
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A COMMUNITY garden was packed with families helping to launch this year’s Portsmouth in Bloom competition.

Southsea Greenhouse combined its fifth birthday and the launch of the competition with volunteers on-hand giving out information.

LAUNCH MEETING Portsmouth Lord Mayor Steven Wylie with the Portsmouth in Bloom team, from left,  Donna Carter, Sue Portman, Jane Munro, Nina Moscrip and Nik Thompson

LAUNCH MEETING Portsmouth Lord Mayor Steven Wylie with the Portsmouth in Bloom team, from left, Donna Carter, Sue Portman, Jane Munro, Nina Moscrip and Nik Thompson

This is the second year they have run the competition with Portsmouth City Council and chairman Sue Portman said she wants to grow on last year’s success.

She said: ‘We were surprised when we were offered to run the Portsmouth In Bloom competition last year. But it was a great honour and we want to build on that success.

‘We had 186 people enter the categories and we hope with a couple of changes, we can exceed that number.’

Sarah Marshman went along to the launch with her daughter Alex, aged 6.

Sarah, from Copnor, said: ‘I saw Southsea Greenhouse advertise the launch on their Facebook page. We had never been down here and thought it was a good opportunity.

‘Being a city, I think Portsmouth in Bloom is a great way to brighten the area up.

‘It is also good that the schools can get involved and help the kids learn how to grow different plants.’

The full list of categories are:

- Front garden

- Hanging basket or wall container

- Balcony

- Sustainable garden

- Public premises

- Community gardens

- Business gardens

- Gardens in sheltered housing or apartments

- Eat my street

- Allotment

- School decorated with flowers

- Eat my school

- School environmental project

This year, further and higher education establishments will be able to enter the education category whereas in previous years they had to enter the business category. They will be judged against secondary schools with nurseries, infant, junior and primary schools judged separately.

There are 16 categories inviting residents, businesses, groups and schools to take part.

To enter Portsmouth in Bloom visit portsmouthinbloom.org.uk