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Rain gives gardeners more time

Gardeners have been given extra time to get their flowers blooming for a competition after all the heavy rain.

Portsmouth City Council has extended its deadline for the Portsmouth in Bloom Awards after weeks of bad weather.

The free gardening contest is open to residents, schools, businesses and premises in Portsmouth and aims to celebrate beautiful gardens or floral displays.

Green-fingered residents have now been given until June 29 to get their gardens in order.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Not only does gardening keep you fit and active, but it’s a great way to get everyone working outdoors together to make the city a much prettier place to live.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to get residents working together to make the city a more attractive place. Last year we had a great response with over 100 entries competing for top Portsmouth in Bloom awards, and some beautiful gardens and floral displays arising because of it.

“This year we’re looking forward to seeing more people taking up their gardening tools, getting involved, and having some fun. We can’t wait to see the creations.”

Winning gardeners are awarded with a gold, silver or bronze certificate for their category, awarded in line with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Categories include house frontage, front garden, mews and courtyards, balcony, road with floral frontage, sustainable garden, public or commercial building, garden in sheltered housing or apartment block, school decorated with flowers, school environmental project, school gardens cultivated by children and allotment.


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