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Welcome to the Friends of Portswood Rec.


The Friends of Portswood Rec is a group of local people who would like to see better maintenance and improved facilities at Portswood Rec in Southampton. Come to a meeting, the Friends of Portswood Rec hold regular local meetings, usually on the last Thursday of the month, and welcome anyone who shares their aims and is interested in making a difference at the Rec.


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2021 Has started well. We heard in January that  Bug Hotelthe group had been successful in securing a grant to increase the biodiversity at the Rec. Alongside installing a bug hotel and nesting boxes, we will be planting up more areas with wildlife friendly plants, and creating a wildflower meadow.

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2020 Our activities have been badly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic which has seen social distancing measures introduced across the country. We had to postpone our AGM so a new page has been created on this website with details and information that would normally have been presented at the AGM. Undaunted, the gardeners continued working at the Rec whenever the restrictions allowed, clearing and replanting a bed close to the tennis courts.

 2019 Our small but dedicated group of gardeners led by our secretary Denise set to work reinstating the wildlife garden at the Rec that had become very overgrown. The new garden has been planted up to attract bees and other insects. The first stage of this project has been affectionately nicknamed the "Pollinator Patch" and work is now continuing in the garden areas around this central bed. 

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 2018 The year started well with us receiving a small grant from Southern Water that enabled us to contribute the remaining funding needed by SCC to complete the refurbishing of the tennis courts. The tarmac surface of the existing courts had broken down and was breaking up making it dangerous for anyone playing tennis. After the resurfacing was completed, the courts were ready to play on by the summer. Later in the year, Portswood Rec was chosen by Southampton City Council to host a silent silhouette in the shape of a suffragette which was released by the Royal British Legion to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

2017 Following a successful application to the Lottery Commission we were delighted to join forces with the local Dementia Action Group and Carers in Southampton to organise a festival at the Rec, with live music, lovely teas, cakes and games for all the family.

2015  has got off to a flying start.  We are pleased to announce that we have secured £35,000 in funding from the SITA trust to replace  the old wooden ship in the play area.

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2014 Saw  Friends of Portswood Rec go from strength to strength. Our two major projects for this year have been to secure grant funding for further improvements to the play area,  and to increase involvement in upkeep of the Rec.  Our grant application is progressing well and we hope to hear in December if we have been successful with our application.  

We have been really pleased by all the help you have given us in supporting maintenance of the Rec. Lots of parents and friends have joined our play area clean up days,  and the play area is now looking better than ever.

Lukas and Pawel  have been keeping the weeds around the tennis court down, and have swept up over 4 cubic meters of mud and  rotting leaves from the footpath by the school which has been greatly appreciated  by everyone taking children to school on wet days.

 2013 was an exciting year for the Friends of Portswood Rec, with two major projects coming to fruition. The long awaited refresh of the Play Area was completed in the Spring, with a redesigned octopus climbing frame incorporating a slide for the younger children and a new installation of a pyramid climbing frame.


In the Autumn, following a successful campaign and grant application from the Fields In Trust Inclusion Fund work began on the installation of an access ramp at the Brickfield Road entrance to the Rec. The ramp was completed shortly before Christmas and is now in regular use and appreciated by anyone with mobility problems, or pushchairs, bikes etc who no longer have to struggle climbing the old concrete steps.


We also supported Southampton City Council in organising another successful Community Fun Day with games and activities for all ages.


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