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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

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Guerilla gardener Eryk Rose, 23, of Portsea, transformed an old patch of land in his neighbourhood into a community garden, giving the area a huge boost.

Green-fingered Jacob Stokes, eight, of Fareham, is now the proud recipient of an award from the RSPB after creating a pond in his garden.

The Shore Leave Haslar charity has been set up at the walled memorial garden in the grounds of the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport. The aim is to create a peaceful location for veterans to appreciate and to use gardening to help them recover after having left the forces.

Green-fingered volunteers helped to create a community orchard by planting apple, pear and plum trees.

Schoolchildren and local Rotary club members rolled up their sleeves and took part in a planting day at Oaklands Park in Chichester.

A total of 25 trees were planted. The community orchard will provide fruit for local residents and visitors to the park.

When Chris Allen, 63, pictured, moved into her flat 14 years ago, the back garden was drab and full of sheds and washing lines. Now the communal garden in Woodcot Crescent, West Leigh, is a riot of colour with more than 500 pots bursting with flowers and plants.

Youngsters from Redlands Primary School in Fareham planted a children’s tree at Parker Meadows care home, along with a plaque featuring a poem written by one of the pupils.