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Our 7th Birthday

Saturday 21st April

It's our birthday on 21st April - Pop in for fun and games and help us make a little sunshine from noon at the community garden. 12-3pm

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Monthly Meet-up

Our next monthly meet-up is on the 5th May 2018. All are welcome - Grab your wellies:)

12 - 2pm

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Spring Blog

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Press Release: Happy Birthday Southsea Green by Pat Brain

20th April

The old saying that ‘from small acorns might oaks will grow’, may not yet be applied to Southsea Green, but they are going in the right direction. From over 7 years ago, operating from a small red and white hut on the seafront, to where you are now.

As patron, I’ve watched the growth from the very small acorn to community garden. I can remember driving to the prom on a Saturday morning with the back of the car loaded with plants and pots for Sue and friends to sell. It was a lovely sight to see them climbing up and down the steps fully loaded and then coming back quickly, so that we could get out of the way before buses came or the warden moved us on. Friends raided their allotments during the summer to fill the hut with tomatoes, potatoes, beans and many other home-grown fruit and veg. In fact, Sue had a waiting list at times.

Then came the move to Canoe Lake – more ground to cover and lots of digging and planting and meetings to discuss long term plans and hopes for the future. Just when things were settling down, along came the move to a new area with hedge planting, trenches to be dug and shrubs and trees to go in. As I’ve said Southsea Green is no great Oak yet, but with the love and determination that Sue, Goff and all the community gardeners have, it will continue to thrive.

Look at all the Schools which are now entering Britain in Bloom and having small gardens and even ponds and orchards in their School grounds. A long way on from the annual DAFFODIL growing competition in the Spring-term, and simply growing Sunflowers. They now have visits to lovely gardens like RHS. Wisley, and other stately homes, and into the countryside, to help them learn, and to develop their understanding of how things grow.

So many congratulations to you all on your 7th birthday and the first day of Spring. I hope to join you for a cup of tea and piece of cake.

Pat Brian

Guardian article about Southsea Greenhouse, seven years old on the 21st April Link to Guardian Witness website »

Poster of Allotment Buddies from Food Portsmouth
Poster of Allotment Buddies from Food Portsmouth

By Gail Baird

17th April

Allotment Buddies is a new project from Food Portsmouth. We are looking for volunteers to help those who are having trouble keeping up with their allotment or garden. You might be a keen gardener, interested in learning or just wanting to get out and active. Initially based at the Community Garden at Milton Piece Allotments where full training, help and support will be given – along with plenty of tea and coffee. For those interested in help, or if you are struggling yourself and would like some help and company, get in touch with Gail on 02392 892022 or email her at

Vik's photo collage of a gnome, dafodils and purple flowers

By Vik Burnand

10th April

As a novice gardener, trying to encourage young people to get outside and embrace growing, and learn about gardening myself, the Catch22 ‘bed’ plot has been a haphazard, yet brilliant, experiment over the last couple of years. We’ve had a ‘plant it and see what happens’ approach to growing; from monster marigolds (we never did try that tea recipe) to substantial spring onions (which turned out to be garlic), with a good dose of enthusiasm and some top tips from our neighbours-in-the-know, it’s been a great opportunity to learn.

Spring is here, and we have a plan! We’re hoping to get to grips with growing more fruit and veg. Red currants, blueberries and cranberries on the wish-list, in addition to radishes, different types of lettuces and hopefully some tomatoes.

But the garden isn’t just about growing. 2018 sees plenty of plans on the horizon, with the current Southsea Greenfingers workshops and the upcoming 7th birthday party, there are all sorts of ways to get involved. Pop in and say hi on the 21st!

Collage of garden photos

By Sue Stokes

3rd April

We might feel that Winter will never leave, like we crawled through the wardrobe into Narnia and the sun has been banished, but here's a little light and a poem from Christina Rossetti to warm us all up...

“A Robin said: The Spring will never come, And I shall never care to build again. A Rosebush said: These frosts are wearisome, My sap will never stir for sun or rain. The half Moon said: These nights are fogged and slow, I neither care to wax nor care to wane. The Ocean said: I thirst from long ago, Because earth's rivers cannot fill the main. When Springtime came, red Robin built a nest, And trilled a lover's song in sheer delight. Grey hoarfrost vanished, and the Rose with might Clothed her in leaves and buds of crimson core. The dim Moon brightened. Ocean sunned his crest, Dimpled his blue, yet thirsted evermore.”

So, shake out your gardening gloves, grab your hats and wellies, and join us at the community garden at Canoe Lake. Today 12 noon till 3pm or come to our birthday big dig on Saturday April 21st and celebrate 7 years of Southsea Green.

By Sue Stokes

27th March

Southsea Green is a beloved green space where we grow local food and flowers. A community garden, transformed from long forgotten wasteland. Portsmouth City council support our social venture in their commitment to local communities. Our philosophy is to ‘grow your own’, sharing seeds, compost; plants; trees; green space and resources. With the Food Partnership, and other green groups, we campaign for trees and clean air; recycling, reducing waste and to make our city a happier healthier environment.

Do you love trees? We still have lots of giveaway Birch, Holly, Crab Apple, Hazel, Rowan, Dogwood, Blackthorn and Dog Rose all good for next winter’s potions, and to razzle dazzle the birds and the bees. So come and get them. Also support canes and protective tubes to help give them a good start. This is part of the Woodland Trust’s Plant a million Trees campaign -It’s FREE, so pop in the community garden on April 7th.

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