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Gardening gold for Richmond
Richmond has scooped two awards in the gardening world’s equivalent of the Oscars.
The borough won a gold award in the city category at a Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom ceremony on Saturday, October 12.
Judges also put forward the Diamond Jubilee Gardens for the sustainable landscaping award, which it won against tough competition from dozens of other nominees.
Richmond Council’s cabinet member for environment Councillor Pamela Fleming was thrilled the borough was branded a top gardening spot in the country.
She said: “I am thrilled that our borough has been recognised as being the most ‘flowered’ city in Britain.
“Winning gold means judges believe that Richmond upon Thames has a high standard in all parks and open spaces, consistently demonstrating best practice and continuing to improve.
“In the past few years we have gone from strength to strength in the regional London in Bloom awards and everyone’s efforts have finally paid off with the national gold – our best result ever.
“The city award is in recognition of the hard work, dedication and pride of everyone who has maintained their gardens, hanging baskets, window boxes and frontages in first rate condition during the year.”
The judges specifically praised businesses in Twickenham’s Church Street for their floral displays.
Coun Fleming said: “The recognition for Diamond Jubilee Gardens is also great news.
“The site lay derelict for over thirty years and now is a national award winning example of a sustainable site.
“It really shows what you can do when you work alongside the local community.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in some way – from council staff, to our grounds maintenance contractor, to local community groups, businesses and residents.”
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