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Portsmouth is set to blossom with a host of urban meadows being introduced as part of a new approach to the city's annual floral campaign. 

The annual Portsmouth in Bloom event is being revamped and will see meadow flowers planted in a host of areas across the city and Portsmouth City Council wants suggestions on where they should go.

The move follows a successful trial in Milton Park last year that saw poppies, cornflowers and cosmos on display for around six months.

As well as being a colourful addition to the city, urban meadows have environmental benefits. They will attract more insects such as bees and butterflies which will help with the pollination of other plants in the area, boosting the local ecosystem of the inner-city environment.

In particular it should help butterflies which have declined in urban areas by 69 per cent since 1995 because of a reduction in green space and people paving over gardens.

The new meadows will coincide the creation of a new butterfly house and garden at Cumberland House that will open in the summer and will complement the established wildflower meadows and grassland found at Portsdown Hill, Hilsea Lines, Milton Common and other semi-natural open spaces within the city.

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport, said: "Usually we run a competition which is great for the people who enter but this year we wanted to try to use our Portsmouth in Bloom budget to improve the appearance of areas across the city.

"Not only will this create some lovely areas of flowers, it is also a big boost for our local environment and will help support butterflies and other wildlife. I can't wait to see them in full bloom."

Anyone with suggestions for a green space that could be a good location for an urban meadow should email inbloom@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.