Our gardens are our pride and joy. Visitors to our green always admire them.. All the work is done by a team of willing and enthusiastic volunteers who find time in their busy bowling schedules to plan, prune, weed and water the surrounds to our green, resulting in a beautiful setting which we enjoy throughout the year.
For many years we have entered the Fareham in Bloom competition and from winning Silver Gilt Medals in 2005 and 2006, we finally won the coveted Gold Medal for the first time in 2006. Since then we have gone on to win the Gold Medal several times culminating in 2012 when we again won the Gold Medal but also the overall winner's cup. Since then we have gone on to win further gold medals and in 2015 were awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Horticultural Achievement which allows us to enter the "In Bloom" contest for the South East as well as the Fareham In Bloom contest.
In 2016 Lockswood entered Fareham in Bloom and the RHS, South and South East in Bloom.
Fareham in Bloom
Lockswood has won the Gold Medal and Cup for being the outright winner in our category (Community Gardens), in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018and 2019.
South and South East in Bloom
In 2016, Lockswood entered the South and South East in Bloom Competition, for the first time. The Competition is run by the RHS and is part of the Britain in Bloom, campaign where Boroughs, communities, residents, businesses can work together to improve their environment.
Lockswood were entered in the "It's Your Neighbourhoods Division". Following the judging, entrants were awarded one of the following rankings, Establishing, Improving, Advancing, Thriving and Outstanding. I am pleased to announce that in our first year we achieved a very creditable, "Thriving" which is level four out of five.
In 2017 Lockswood, entered The South and South East in Bloom, and the Club achieved the highest accolade, a grade 5, outstanding. Lockswood maintained their high standard in 2018, once again achieving, Grade 5, Outstanding.
2019 also saw the Lockswood Gardens win a Gold medal.
During the Covid pandemic of 2020 and 2021 our dedicated gardening team have continued to work on the gardens to make sure they have remained a pleasure for all members to enjoy. This was helped by a new watering system which was installed to help to keep all areas of the garden thriving.
Several bird boxes were made and installed to attract birds and even insects. One bird box was replaced in 2022 as wasps had inhabited it the previous year and constructed a wonderful nest.
You don't have to be a member to admire our gardens, if you are passing by, please pop in and take a look, you will be assured of a warm welcome.