DEDICATED green fingers have helped the borough of Fareham to its 11th win in a row in a regional gardening competition.
Fareham won gold in a ‘small city’ category at a South and South East in Bloom awards night held in Brighton this week.
The victory was greeted with delight at last night’s Fareham in Bloom presentation ceremony at Ferneham Hall.
The Fareham event attracted more than 100 people, all keen to celebrate another successful year of gardening in the region.
Members of the Voxpop choir performed and BBC Radio Solent presenter Alan Jennings gave an opening speech.
Fareham’s Mayor, councillor David Norris, said he was delighted to see the area looking so beautiful thanks to keen gardeners.
He said: ‘We’ve got the Fareham in Bloom volunteers, we’ve got the Streetscene and we’ve got the parks and they all work in co-operation wonderfully with each other.’
Fareham residents Anne and Ian Gray, who are both in their 60s, said they enjoyed the atmosphere of the ceremony.
Mr Gray said: ‘It’s a brilliant event.
‘It’s organised down to the last minute and I think having the choir here has made quite a difference.’
Fareham in Bloom winners included Jan Purnell for ‘small floral front garden’, Neil Dunger for ‘plantsman’s front garden’ and Jane Kemm for ‘floral display’.
Other top awards went to Pauline Cushman for ‘small floral back garden’, Martin Street for ‘wildlife back garden and Eva Munro for ‘best container’ garden.
Burnham Wood Residents won a ‘community floral display’ category and the Rainbow Centre won an award for ‘private sheltered housing/daycare facility’.
Other winners of the South and South East in Bloom awards included the Portchester Crematorium Grounds, the Westbury Manor Garden and the Holly Hill Woodland Park.