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Virtual Fareham in Bloom 2023

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo to the Virtual Fareham in Bloom competition. We received lots of entries ranging from blooming flower pots to beautiful gardens.

Congratulations to all of our winners and runners-up:


Best Garden – Alan Howsam and John Hooper

Young Green Fingers – Oliver and Isabella Rae

Community Floral Display – Keeping Sarisbury Green Association

Commercial – Park Gate Primary School

Sustainable Garden – Melanie Gray

Something Small – Patricia Kelly-Blyth


Best Garden – Claire Doel

Young Green Fingers – Joshua Clifton

Community Floral Display – Burnham Wood and Tangle Wood

Commercial – Redlands Primary School

Sustainable Garden – Julia Scott

Something Small – Elizabeth Quinn


Check out the winning entries for Fareham in Bloom 2023:


Congratulations to our runners-up:


What is Fareham in Bloom?

Fareham in Bloom has been bringing our community together for over 25 years. It has grown into a well-known and successful gardening campaign involving residents throughout the Borough and encourages local communities to provide bright and colourful planting schemes.

Residents from all over the Borough submitted photographs of their outdoor spaces, big or small, after the competition opened in April.

Voting took place by 'liking' the photos on Facebook External Hyperlink or emailing


There were six categories.



Best Garden A residential garden of any size, front or back. We encourage natural lawns as opposed to artificial grass.
Commercial Shop fronts, pubs, cafes, restaurants, businesses, schools, children's nurseries
Something Small Hanging baskets, window boxes, potted plants, small unusual garden features, a small area of your open space that you are proud of
Community Floral Display An area of open space within your road/street that the community looks after, community centres, sheltered housing grounds, care/retirement homes, outdoor communal areas 
Young Green Fingers (for 16 year olds and under) Something the children have planted or grown, a unique area that they have created within an outdoor space
Sustainable Garden Planting to encourage wildlife, grow your own fruit and veg, allotments, recycling materials and using minimal resources


How was a winner chosen?

The two entries receiving the highest number of votes in each category were visited by our judging panel on 11 August to decide the winners. The exception to this was the Something Small category, where the winner was determined on the basis of the photograph and description alone.

When will voting open?

Public voting opened on Monday 17 July and closed on Monday 31 July at 10am.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners were announced in September.

What will the winners receive?

The winner of each category, along with one guest, will be invited to a tea party in the Mayors Parlour on 26 October to receive their prize.


Winner's prize

Best Garden  Annual subscription to the Council's Garden Waste Scheme
Commercial £25 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Something Small £25 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Community Floral Display £25 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery
Young Green Fingers Small gardening gift of their choice e.g. bug hotel or gardening 
Susatainable £25 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery

Runners-up will receive a £10 voucher for St Margaret's Nursery. 

With thanks to our kind sponsors, St Margaret's Nursery and Fareham Shopping Centre.


Terms and Conditions

Remember, this is just a bit of fun!

Privacy notice

When you submit an entry, your data is being collected for the purpose of this competition. It will be retained for the duration of the competition plus 6 months after the winner has been announced. Your details will be shared internally in order for you to be contacted in regard to the competition. Your name and locality (e.g. Locks Heath) will be shared on the Council's website and social media channels in order to identify your entry; however, this is not a condition of the competition and you may still enter if you do not wish for your data to be shared publicly. If you are a winner of your category, your name will be shared with the local press via a press release about the winners. However, this is not a condition of the competition and you may still enter if you do not wish for your data to be shared publicly. You have the right to withdraw your information at any point and can do so by contacting the Council. Further information about your rights can be found on our Data Protection page.

If you are happy for your information to be shared, please tick the appropriate box on the online entry form. 

More information about your privacy is available on the Council's website or on request.

For more information

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Leisure and Community Team on


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