Southsea Green has recently teamed up with Food Portsmouth to share both the SG community garden and the Growing Place @Treadgolds for any joint projects. We both want to engage the local communities in growing more, and to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of growing local, seasonal produce.
Southsea Green was developed the garden from a derelict strip of land which was overgrown and full of old masonry. We worked with the local council to encourage more local growing and began getting the message across that gardening and volunteering is a valuable and viable activity. Thousands of hours later, and by as many people, the garden has transformed into a community green-space which we are proud to share with others, especially those with nowhere to grow their own.
- Portsmouth in Bloom - we worked with the City Council from 2014 to run this well-loved competition to get the city blooming with flowers and veg in gardens and street verges, and on balconies and in pots all over the city
- We have planted a community orchard, and have distributed from the Woodland Trust as part of the Plant a Million Trees campaign 800 saplings and young trees that were distributed to schools and community spaces
- Skillshops funded by the European Social Fund - we are running workshops for people who want to learn new skills and to help with employability. Our weekly crafts & gardening workshops teach new ways of working and are a great way to make new friends
- Volunteering - we need help to water. plant, weed, run events and talk to people and to help protect and nurture new trees in our community orchard
So, exciting times - and we'd love you to come and share the garden, and your green ideas. Help us to open the garden gates and grow our city community through gardening, recycling, sharing surplus and buying local.