GREEN-FINGERED residents and traders joined forces for a day of gardening to help transform a shopping street.

More than 40 member of the community donned their gardening gloves to plant 15 new planters in Boundary Road and Station Road on the Hove and Portslade border.

The event is part of the Blooming Boundary Campaign which aims to transform streets that residents feel have been neglected by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The planters will go some way to adding colour to the busy shopping street and make it more attractive.

The campaign, founded by Cllr Robert Nemeth, Cllr Garry Peltzer Dunn and resident Karen Young, was formed following a number of complaints suggesting the street had been neglected by the city council.

Organisers began raising funds more than a year ago.

Donations have come from residents and traders and Cllr Nemeth ran the Brighton Marathon in 2016 for the cause.

The plants were donated by Mayberry Garden Centre in Old Shoreham Road, and would otherwise have cost in the region of £700.

Community group The Secret Garden offered the gardeners advice for the work.

Gardeners were also kept going by refreshments from Tesco and the Plant Room, and water from SDS and Specialist Herbal Supplies.

Other businesses who helped the community effort included Acre Landscapes who provided transport and Doggy Day Care who provided storage. Community

The city council provided support and soil throughout the day.

Cllr Nemeth said: “I can not speak highly enough of the traders on and residents around Boundary Road and Station Road who have put their hands in their pockets to improve our local environment.

“We have worked closely with all to see this through and are delighted with the result.

“We will keep at it though, and introduce more improvements over the coming weeks and months.”

Ms Young said: “We are now organising a team of Blooming Boundary volunteer gardeners who can help traders to look after the street by adopting a planter. All help is hugely appreciated.”