Chris Williams (*) writes:
“On behalf of HGT and the Conservation and Development Team, I attended the opening ceremony of Phase 1 of the planting of the unsightly area round the now-demolished Tricorn Centre. Portsmouth City Council put up £10,000 to kick-start this first phase which is being run by the Shaw Trust, the UK’s largest third sector provider of employment services for disabled and disadvantaged people.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Portsmouth and Andy McIndoe, of Hillier Nurseries, and well-known local writer and broadcaster. Celia Deane, representing the Portsmouth Society was also present and in the speeches Hampshire Gardens Trust received many thanks for its support for the project. Funding for Phase 2 (£35, 000) is now being sought.”
We are proud to be supporting this kind of community-based project, concerned with the greening of public spaces. Development of the former Tricorn Centre would appear to be a few years away but it is recognised that the planting can only be of a temporary nature. However, we are confident that when the time comes the shrubs and plants will be re-used on other public spaces for the benefit of the wider community.
* Sadly, Chris Williams resigned from the Conservation Development Team at the end of July.