Fareham triumph in South and Southeast in Bloom Competition
At the regional South and Southeast in Bloom awards ceremony, held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 17 September 2014, Fareham in Bloom were remarkably successful when they won Gold awards for every category that the Borough entered in this year's competition.
The Borough received its' 11th consecutive winning entry in the Small City category with a Gold award.
Fareham's parks also came out with top awards :
Country Park Category
Holly Hill Woodland Park - Gold
Sensory Garden of Reflection - Gold
Westbury Manor Garden - Gold
Civic Gardens – Gold
Warsash Common - Gold
Crematorium / Cemetery
Portchester Crematorium grounds - Gold and category winner
There were four Britain in Bloom 'Its Your Neighbourhood Awards' presented which all received the award level of Outstanding:
Fareham Conservation Volunteers
The Residents of Burnham Wood
Fareham and Crofton Cricket Club
Sarisbury Athletic Cricket Club
Fareham also took the "Hampshire Life" award for the most points scored in the county.
Earlier in the summer Northern Junior Community School, Portchester won Gold and were judged to be the winner of the category of School Grounds "Champion of Champions", and were therefore the top school in the region.
Wicor Primary School, Portchester won Gold in the main School Grounds category and were the winning school for Hampshire.
The most prestigious award that South and Southeast in Bloom can give is "The Chairman's Award" and this went to Matt Wakefield (The Borough's Horticultural Development Officer) and Fareham for the "Going Wild" campaign to sow wild flower meadows throughout the Borough.
Fareham in Bloom local competition.
The results of the local "In Bloom" competition were revealed at the annual Presentation Evening attended by over 260 people at the Ferneham Hall on 18th September 2014. Click here to go to the Results page
Bringing People and Parks Together is our Fareham in Bloom community environmental campaign. Established in1996 it aims to improve and sustain the local environment whilst encouraging active participation in parks and horticultural activities for the long term benefit of the residents and visitors to the Borough.
The campaign is run as a partnership between the Council and a dedicated group of Coordinators who work tirelessly throughout the year to deliver a programme of activities which seek to involve the community. Attendance numbers over the last year have been in excess of 14000 with a staggering 9000 volunteer hours given in support of the Borough’s parks and green spaces, which is a real testimony to the reputation and support that we have.
We feel we have established something quite special, in fact it could be said to be quite unique. Eighteen years on and involving literally thousands of people who participate and give willingly to support what has become a very well respected community engaging campaign; Fareham in Bloom continues to excel with new and innovative ideas.
Bringing People and Parks Together is what we do and do well.
The Fareham in Bloom Team