Richmond upon Thames is celebrating being recognised as the most flowered borough in the Capital after scooping the top award at the London in Bloom prize giving ceremony yesterday.
The Council’s entries in the annual competition resulted in the coveted Borough of the Year award and gold awards for York House Gardens, Terrace Gardens and the City B categories with second place positions for overall Biodiversity and for Barnes Common. Twickenham Town Centre also received high praise with a Silver Gilt accolade.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning said: “Last year I said that one of our main priorities is to ensure that Richmond upon Thames is recognised as a ‘flowered borough’ and I am pleased that we have now officially achieved that aim.
“Over the last few years we have gone from strength to strength in the London in Bloom awards and everyone’s efforts have finally paid off with our best results ever. There have been hundreds of people involved and all the hard work and pride of everyone who has maintained gardens, hanging baskets or window boxes has been recognised.
“I would like to thank all the Council officers in our parks service and the grounds maintenance contractor Veolia for all their efforts. Particularly I would also like to praise the friends and supporters groups which we work well with and who make suggestions about how our open spaces could improve. In their assessment of Barnes’ Common the judges specifically praised the Friend’s Group for their efforts to improve the open space.
“Earlier this year we announced significant investment in our parks and open spaces, to increase the already high standards around the borough, and I look forward to continuing working with the community to keep our standards high so we can claim further awards in 2013.”