Paulsgrove children’s centre garden is tranformed

From left, Kim Fifield, Terye Bowyer, Terry Bryant, Bob Setford and Mary Setford
From left, Kim Fifield, Terye Bowyer, Terry Bryant, Bob Setford and Mary Setford
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A children’s centre garden in Paulsgrove will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth tomorrow following a £500 makeover funded by the ‘Love Your Street’ initiative.

The garden, at Paulsgrove Children’s Centre, has been transformed by the 147 gardening club, a group of Paulsgrove residents brought together by Portsmouth City Council’s resident participation team and formed from a mutual passion for gardening.

The club won the funding for plants, compost, compost bins and gardening tools in May.

Mikala Small, child and family lead practitioner at Paulsgrove Children’s Centre, said: ‘The gardening club has been a real godsend, coming up with some creative suggestions for the best plants, and focusing on flowers that help promote wildlife.

‘Local families who access the garden have also been getting involved and planting vegetables during seasonal activities.

‘The aim is that the gardening club will oversee the upkeep as we just don’t have the man power to do this. Without 147 this project just would not have got off the ground. We’re so thankful and hope that in time families will become more involved and learn the importance of gardening, growing and how vegetables are grown and used.’

The official opening will take place from 1pm to 3pm and there will be free activities for children and refreshments available.