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A COMMUNITY food-growing group is encouraging more people to become members.

Portchester Allotment Holders’ and Gardeners’ Association wants green-fingered residents to become associate gardeners.

The role would allow people access to the association’s shops on its allotments on land near Portchester Castle and off Dore Avenue, Portchester, where they can buy gardening equipment.

People would also be invited to social events, including an upcoming New Year party with a buffet and disco on January 12.

The event at Portchester Community School starts at 7pm.

Social secretary for the association Mike Hussey said the message was part of its bid to become more involved with the community.

Mr Hussey, 62, who lives in Portchester, said: ‘We’re trying to make what we do more of a community thing. By bringing everyone together, we can also help to reduce vandalism because people will be less inclined to damage allotments. The beautiful thing about gardening is it’s something you can do which can help you lose weight.’

‘It also gives you great satisfaction seeing something that you’ve planted in the soil grow.

‘Food grown in the ground tastes so much better.

‘Carrots bought from a shop are virtually tasteless.’

To buy tickets for the party and to become an associate gardener call Mr Hussey on 07775 898868 or visit the association’s website