Well done to Richmond Upon Thames - we've held onto our two Gold titles for the London In Bloom Awards 2010.
Richmond was awarded the Gold in the borough-wide category and in the large parks category for Terrace Gardens - the second time in two years we have won Gold in these classes.
Twickenham claimed the silver award in the town centres category and the borough came second in the biodiversity category.
Richmond's ongoing reputation as one of the most floral boroughs in London is thanks not only to the Council's efforts but also the degree of participation local residents take in what happens to their open spaces, and the great network of Friends or Supporters groups there are in the borough. Residents and businesses alike have excelled themselves again with beautiful gardens, hanging baskets and window boxes throughout Richmond.
Judges made two visits to the borough during July in order to carry out an assessment of the sites which had been selected. Their tours included York House Gardens; Twickenham Riverside and Eel Pie Island and the town centre; Orleans Park School; the RFU stadium, Constance Road in Whitton, Crane Park; Garrick’s Temple; Terrace Gardens; Ham; Barnes Common and Richmond Riverside.
Among the criteria for deciding the awards, the judges considered the Council’s entries in light of horticultural impact and quality, street scene and cleanliness, support from businesses and the community and ‘pride of place’ and creating a good first impression.
It all adds up to a borough full of the interest and pride of it's local residents, and one where working together on projects is becoming the norm.
Let's keep it up and blast the awards again next year!
Silas Van Der Bas
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