The society are involved in several environmental projects, some of which are shown below.

We have adopted one of the garden areas at Portchester Library and are actively preparing the area ready for planting.

We are working with the Litter Ladies that Lunch on organised and "stand alone" litter picking in Portchester.  Covering the shoreline and the many roads we have, some people "adopting" a road and others do their local roads, but we all aim to keep the area tidy

Portchester Library Garden

The garden area at Portchester Library was getting overgrown and full of weeds, so a small group of volunteers joined forces and began clearing the garden for interested groups and organisations to adopt areas and plant some shrubs / flowers to enhance the garden.

One such area the Portchester Civic Society decided to adopt and maintain.  The area we chose is on the outer bend, a nice sunny spot with a good mixture of sun and shade, depending on the time of the day.

After an initial inspection we decided to remove some of the shrubs, to deepen the garden space, which opened up the area, (being very careful not to disturb the local robins).  After that, came the job of weeding the area and clearing the mass of ivy roots, then replenishing the soil with compost to put some goodness back in.

This is an ongoing project, one that will evolve over time and seasons (More Pictures to follow)

Starting summer planting 2024

Summer Litter Pick up 2018

Volunteers turned up at Wicor Recreation Ground on a sunny June evening and set about clearing the litter from the area.  A very productive evening  with lots of thanks from passers by

Beachwatch 2018


Everything including the Kitchen Sink!

 The expression ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ proved untrue when one was found on the foreshore during the Portchester Civic Society’s Beach Clean event on Saturday 15th September.

 Nearly one hundred volunteers turned up at the bottom of Hospital Lane to take part, with some arriving from as far afield as Swindon, Oxford, Farnborough and London.  The Society has participated in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual survey of the state of Britain’s beaches for over 15 years, where we survey a one hundred metre section of beach, recording every individual piece of litter.

Thanks to everyone who took part and did such a good job whilst enjoying the sunshine.


2013 Beach watch

Society members clear mown grass from the Western field, at Portchester Castle.

Three flower beds at Portchester Parish Hall were tidied and re-planted by society members. There were generous donations from the public amounting to one hundred pounds in cash and a donation of seven hundred and fifty daffodil bulbs.

The Society adopted a nine acre site south of Birdwood Grove. Thanks to the management regime of the past four years - that is, flailing the fields and removing the cuttings - about three dozen orchids have sprung up. They are common spotted (see inset) and early purple orchids. Of the plants we have planted, the Ox-eye Daisies, Viper's Bugloss, Muskmallow, Lesser Knapweed, Birdsfoot Trefoil and Tufted Vetch are all flourishing. We have also planted fifty oak whips, chestnut whips and Wayfarer trees which have all taken.

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Fareham, Hampshire. PO16 9BW