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Wins for borough in Bloom contest

24 September 2019


Gosport borough has picked up awards in this year's South and South-East in Bloom competition, which celebrates communities' efforts to keep their neighbourhoods looking beautiful.


Judges from In Bloom were invited to the area by Gosport Borough Council, and toured around looking for evidence of horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.


Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent together achieved a silver gilt award in the 'small city' category, and four council-owned areas, maintained by volunteers with the support of GBC, also received accolades:

Crescent Garden, Alverstoke, cared for by the Friends of Crescent Garden, won a gold award in the small park category.


Stanley Park, looked after by the Friends of Stanley Park and Alverstoke WI, received a silver gilt award in the large park category

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St Mark's Churchyard, maintained by the Friends of St Mark's Churchyard, received a silver award in the churchyards of the year category.


Alver Valley Country Park, where many volunteers donate their time and energy, received a silver gilt award in the country park category.


Also announced at the In Bloom ceremony in Brighton were awards in the Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme, which recognises community participation.


Crescent Garden received a level 5 award – the highest possible. Stanley Park received a level 4 award, as did Shore Leave Haslar, which helps veterans manage health issues through gardening.


Cllr Graham Burgess, Chairman of the council's Community Board, said: "We're so grateful to the teams of volunteers who work so hard to help make our borough a cleaner, greener and prettier place. By picking up litter, gardening conserving nature and providing information to visitors, they make a huge difference. It's great that these groups have gained recognition with these awards."