Fareham hosted the South and South-East in Bloom awards today at Ferneham Hall. Fareham was once again victorious, achieving Gold and overall winner in the Small City category for the ninth consecutive year along with the ‘Hampshire Life’ award for the entry with the highest marks in Hampshire.
Additionally Fareham's parks also came out tops with the following accolades:
• Holly Hill Woodland Park – Gold and overall winner in the country park category
• Sensory Garden of Reflection - Gold
• Westbury Manor Garden - Gold
• Warsash Common – Gold
• Civic Gardens – Silver Gilt
In the private parks category The Portchester Memorial Gardens gained Silver Gilt in the best commercial/landscape category.
There were also eight Britain in Bloom Its Neighbourhood Awards presented, which were:
• Fareham Conservation Volunteers – Outstanding (Level 5)
• Portchester Groundforce, Brownies and Guides – Outstanding (Level 5)
• The residents of Burnham Wood – Thriving (Level 4)
• Fareham and Crofton Cricket Club – Thriving (Level 4)
• Sarisbury Cricket Club – Thriving (Level 4)
• The Friends of the Sensory Garden – Thriving (Level 4)
• Bishopsfield Road community Space –Thriving (Level 4)
• Wicor Primary Scholl Gardening Club – Thriving (level 4)
In addition, back in July, Northern School in Portchester won Gold and Overall Winners in the regional schools category.
Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Connie Hockley, said: "For the ninth consecutive year Fareham has excelled in showcasing the best of its parks and horticultural provision across the Borough. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the tremendous contribution from our dedicated volunteers, who work in partnership with the Council's Officers to maintain an outstanding award winning Borough."
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