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GARDENS across Gosport have been awarded at the annual In Bloom competition.

The Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent In Bloom award ceremony took place at Thorngate Halls. TV favourite Fred Dinenage was on hand to give out the awards.

Councillor Graham Burgess, chairman of the community board at Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘We had some fantastic entries, fewer than last year, but nevertheless a lot of new people taking part which was nice to see.’

An outstanding achievement award was presented to Sylvia Cleary, who worked on her allotment, showing her grandchildren how to plant.

The best retirement or sheltered housing award was presented to Alec Rose House and Northcott House while Donnelly & Elliot Solicitors won the best business initiative category.

The top prize for the community and neighbourhood award was presented to the Help for Heroes garden in Kings Road, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Other awards included best front garden, best balcony, best hanging basket or floral container, best allotment and best newcomer.

, the council’s new grounds maintenance contractor, has provided sponsorship for the competition for the next three years.