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Fareham in Bloom

Bringing people and parks together

 

 

 

Fareham in Bloom is a generic title that has been applied to a host of Parks and environmentally related activities that aim to promote pride and excellence in the service provision whilst actively encouraging community participation and instilling pride

 

 

The Fareham in Bloom heading has become more of a branding and identity amongst the residents and participative groups and although there are close and obvious links there are those elements though not so obvious, that indirectly contribute to the overall ethos to help promote, educate and preserve the rich array of parks and countryside sites that are to be found in the borough.

 

 

Fareham in Bloom is a generic title that has been applied to a host of Parks and environmentally related activities that aim to promote pride and excellence in the service provision whilst actively encouraging community participation and instilling pride

 

 

The Fareham in Bloom heading has become more of a branding and identity amongst the residents and participative groups and although there are close and obvious links there are those elements though not so obvious, that indirectly contribute to the overall ethos to help promote, educate and preserve the rich array of parks and countryside sites that are to be found in the borough

 

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Fareham in Bloom, is managed and developed by the Council’s Horticultural Development Officer and a group of seven volunteers and is supported by all departments of the council.

 

Matt Wakefield – Horticultural Development Officer. Matt has been a Horticultural Officer for the Council for some 21 years and has been pivotal in the success of the Fareham In Bloom, setting up the campaign in 1996 . Matt trained as a Horticulturalist at Capel Manor, Enfield, Writtle College, Chelmsford and the RHS Wisley Gardens bringing a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the group. Matt leads the team dealing with promotion, development and education for the Parks department with six consecutive Gold Medals and Champion of Champions in SSEIB in 2007 and 2010. He was awarded the honour of Community Champion by Britain in Bloom in 2009.

 

 

Pam Chisham – Co-ordinator. Pam’s background is Allotment gardening and she is the liaison officer for the allotment sites. She organises the administration and paperwork of the competition and oversees the judging arrangements along with working with local schools helping children to garden and grow their own vegetables. Pam was awarded “Citizen of Honour” by the Council in 2010 for her work with “In Bloom” and the Allotments Association.

 

Jean Kingdom – Co-ordinator. Jean is a previous participant and winner of the garden competition for many years. She is an active member of the group and organises the Gardens Open Scheme (this is now in its eighth year), liaising with the participants, arranging the publicity and answering public enquiries and also works within local schools. She supports all our activities playing characters as part of the themed events programme.

 

 

Bridget Thickett - Co-ordinator. Bridget and her husband are previous winners of the garden competition and host the annual ‘In Bloom’ garden party. She is very artistic and designs and makes props for events and displays having a strong eye for detail. This is reflected in the design detail given to projects. Bridget was involved with the organisation of the Easter Egg Hunt this year which attracted over 450 children plus their parents.

 

 

Geoff Thickett – Co-ordinator. Geoff is both practical and technical support to the team and looks at the strategic elements of the groups work including IT, presentations and production of the annual Portfolio.. He designs and constructs artistic props and scenes for the larger events and is actively involved in gardening and planting projects across many sites.

 

 

 

Heather Scott – Co-ordinator. Heather has been active in the community for many years. Her expertise comes from working with young people, guides and brownies, giving freely of her time. She runs the garden club, manages the school grounds and has established award winning gardens at Portchester Northern Junior Community School. She has great organisational ability and she is a talented costume and “prop” maker. She was the Citizen of Honour for 2011 for her work with “In Bloom”, Brownies and Rainbows and the Portchester Gala.

 

 

Heather Othen – Leaflet Distribution. Heather was a founding member of the campaign. She still supports the campaign by undertaking, with her husband, distribution of our leaflets and flyers around the Borough In 2008 Fareham Borough Council granted Heather the accolade of Citizen of Honour for her work for Fareham in Bloom.

 

 

The Fareham in Bloom Team