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Welcome to the Friends of Portswood Rec.


Our website is currently being reorganised.  Please bear with us meanwhile.


The Friends of Portswood Rec is a group of local people who enjoy visiting this green space.  Working with both Southampton City Council (SCC) and other groups, we're aiming to improve facilities and increase biodiversity in the Rec.  We're doing this, as volunteers, through initiatives such as the weekly gardening group, and ongoing fundraising for new play equipment. 


We're delighted that Portswood Rec has retained the prestigious Green Flag award for another two years, thanks to the combined work of the Friends and SCC. We're also proud to be part of the city-wide initiative of developing and promoting more welcoming green spaces. You may by now have seen the new bench in the garden, complete with a back to lean on.  There's space for a wheelchair or buggy alongside the bench so everyone is included. 


There was a brilliant Easter holiday session, where children (and grown-ups) could discover fun facts about our local pollinators, run in partnership by SCC and ourselves. Lots of fun photos from the day on Facebook!


Whose egg is it anyway? is the title of a free trail on the Common, organised by SCC and starting from the Hawthorns Wildlife Centre, with the final session on Sunday 14 April. See our News and Events .


Maybe you live in a flat and would like to do something outdoors? Or looking for more ways to help our pollinators? The Gardening Group now have a calendar for varied activities for the year ahead.  Most sessions are on Sunday mornings, with a Saturday slot on the first weekend of the month.  You don't need to commit to coming along every week, or be a gardening expert to get involved. If you don't have your own tools, we can provide these too. You can find out more, and see the full schedule on the Gardening page.


And scramble those brambles! After a very successful community tidy-up in January, there'll be more mass volunteer sessions at the Rec over the next few months, starting on Sunday 14 April


Our next public meeting will be on Wednesday 17 April.


To find out about becoming a Friend, please follow this link.



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