Judges from South and South East in Bloom enjoyed a tour of Fareham today as part of the judging for this year's awards.
The judges, Barry Newman and Linda Jones, spent 3 hours looking at some of the best parks, countryside and horticultural projects that Fareham has to offer.
They then went on to a garden party hosted by Bridget and Geoff Thickett, who have been part of the voluntary In Bloom team for many years. They provided afternoon tea in their beautiful garden, where the judges had the opportunity to meet the officers and volunteers who have contributed to putting Fareham on the map for its horticultural excellence.
Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Connie Hockley said: "Our Borough always looks beautiful and this is down to the hard work of our dedicated officers and Fareham In Bloom Coordinators and volunteers, who work throughout the year to get Fareham looking first class. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of those involved, the Borough was presented superbly and I hope that the judges have enjoyed their time in Fareham."
Fareham has a renowned reputation having won Gold for the last 9 years, and are hoping to get the highest accolade for the 10th year running.
Notes to Editor:
The judges visited the following locations:
In 2012 Fareham received the following awards:
• 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)
Northern School in Portchester won Gold and Overall Winners in the regional schools category.
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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