We are the gardening group attached to Friends of Portswood Recreation Ground (FOPR) or as it’s known locally, The Rec. It’s a small local authority park of about 2 hectares in Southampton. The park is widely used by the local community including the school that’s immediately adjacent. It has tennis courts, a children’s play area and a sports field, and is much loved by dog walkers, joggers, pick-nickers and people-watchers…something for everyone!
The Rec also has a garden area which, until comparatively recently, was maintained by Southampton City Council (SCC). Unfortunately, due to increasing budgetary constraints, the garden had become rather neglected and overgrown. So, in 2018 our gardening group was formed with a view to restoring the beds and borders, whilst making them as wildlife friendly as possible.