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Glit­ter­ing suc­cesses for bor­ough at this year’s London in Bloom Awards

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON is cel­e­brat­ing a bril­liant set of re­sults in the London in Bloom Awards.

The bor­ough won gold and was named over­all win­ner in four cat­e­gories: Large City; Park of the Year for Eastcote House Gar­dens; Con­ser­va­tion Area for Long Meadow, in Eastcote; Small Con­ser­va­tion Area for High­grove Woods, in Ruis­lip.

Break­s­pear Cre­ma­to­rium in Ruis­lip, and Eastcote House Gar­dens, in High Road, both re­tained gold awards in their cat­e­gories.

Three of the bor­ough’s new Green Flag sites – Manor Farm in Bury Street, Ruis­lip; Ruis­lip Lido in Reser­voir Road; and Ru­ral Ac­tiv­i­ties Gar­den Cen­tre in West Dray­ton Road, Hilling­don – also won gold awards.

The fourth new Green Flag site, Yead­ing Mead­ows, was given a Sil­ver-Gilt award.

London bor­oughs with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 200,000 are judged in the Large City cat­e­gory in or­der to po­ten­tially com­pete in the larger Bri­tain In Bloom contest, pit­ting them against re­gional ci­ties. Green Flags are awarded for out­stand­ing qual­ity of parks and green spa­ces.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, Hilling­don Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for prop­erty, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

“Our Green Spa­ces Team and our won­der­ful vol­un­teer groups do a bril­liant job in en­sur­ing Hilling­don is a beau­ti­ful and green bor­ough. This a well-de­served suc­cess.

“It was such a tri­umph to win gold in the Large City cat­e­gory last year and I am so proud that we have main­tained such high stan­dards. Let’s hope for sim­i­lar suc­cess at the Bri­tain in Bloom Awards next month.”

London in Bloom is an an­nual com­pe­ti­tion that has been run­ning for more than 48 years. Its aim is to pro­mote gar­den­ing and hor­ti­cul­ture across the cap­i­tal. En­tries were judged in July.

Bri­tain In Bloom win­ners are due to be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 16.

See our pic­ture gallery at www.getwest­lon­don.co.uk – search for ‘Hilling­don In Bloom’.

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