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Time to pick Fareham’s ‘blooming’ winning gardens

THE annual Fareham in Bloom competition has reached the public vote stage and people can choose their favourite gardens or outdoor features while sitting in their easy chair or sofa.

As last year, it is a ‘virtual’ competition with contestants submitting a photograph online.

Voters are being asked to choose from the 155 entries spread over the six categories:

  • Best Garden – a garden of any size, front or back
  • Commercial – shop fronts, pubs, businesses and schools
  • Something Small – hanging baskets, window boxes or unusual garden features
  • Community Floral Display – a street, community centre or sheltered housing grounds
  • Young Green Fingers – something planted or grown by a child or children
  • The Edible Garden – growing produce at home or on an allotment.

The two winners in each category – one from the public vote and the other selected by a panel of judges – will receive prizes donated by St Margaret’s Nurseries, Fareham Shopping Centre, and Westbury Manor Museum.

There are two ways to vote:

Voting closes on August 6.

Encouraging Fareham residents to spend a few minutes looking at the photos and voting for their favourites, the borough council’s Executive Member for Streetscene, Councillor Ian Bastable, said: “Following last year’s first ever virtual Fareham in Bloom competition, we have once again been so impressed with the standard of entries. It’s clear to see the passion and hard work people put into their gardens.”


Image (above): Fareham in Bloom poster. Reproduced with permission.