Mayor launches an­nual con­test

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

GREEN-FIN­GERED res­i­dents, busi­nesses, schools and com­mu­nity groups are be­ing in­vited to don their gar­den­ing gloves for the an­nual Hilling­don in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion.

The hor­ti­cul­tural con­test en­cour­ages par­tic­i­pants to im­prove their en­vi­ron­ment through imag­i­na­tive use of flow­ers, trees, shrubs and land­scap­ing. En­trants will be judged in 18 cat­e­gories, from best win­dow box to best res­i­den­tial street.

Hilling­don Coun­cil, which has or­gan­ised the event, hopes a strong per­for­mance will boost the bor­ough’s chances in two pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tions run by the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RHS). Last year, Hilling­don tri­umphed at Lon­don in Bloom, be­ing given Gold sta­tus in the large city cat­e­gory, be­fore go­ing on to win Sil­verGilt at the na­tional Bri­tain in Bloom awards.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, cabi­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “I am de­lighted to an­nounce that the ever- popular Hilling­don in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion has re­turned for 2015.

“It gives lo­cal peo­ple of all ages the op­por­tu­nity to brighten up the bor­ough’s green spa­ces with hor­ti­cul­ture, help­ing to make us the pride of Lon­don and be­yond.

“Whether you are a novice gar­dener or an ex­pert, ev­ery­one is very wel­come to en­ter, and I look for­ward to tour­ing the bor­ough in July to see what has been grown this year.”

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion was launched by Hilling­don mayor Coun­cil­lor Catherine Dann on Tues­day, April 14, dur­ing Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week, at the Ru­ral Ac­tiv­i­ties Gar­den Cen­tre, in West Dray­ton Road, Hilling­don.

Judg­ing will take place in July, be­fore the win­ners are an­nounced at the Au­tumn Show Fruit and

Veg­etable com­pe­ti­tion, held in Septem­ber at the Civic Cen­tre, in High Street, Uxbridge.

To en­ter, visit www. hilling­ En­try forms are also avail­able at the bor­ough’s li­braries and at the Ru­ral Ac­tiv­i­ties Gar­den Cen­tre.

For gar­den­ing ad­vice, email the coun­cil’s Green Spa­ces team at con­tact­cen­tre1@ hilling­, or call them on 01895 556000.

Pho­tos by Katie Lamb

n GROW­ING SUP­PORT: The Mayor of Hilling­don Cllr Catherine Dann of­fi­cially launches this year’s Hilling­don in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion www.buyapho­

FIRST SHOOTS OF THE COM­PE­TI­TION: Hilling­don Coun­cil launch this year’s In Bloom com­pe­ti­tion, and be­low, Gerry Ed­wards, Cllr Catherine Dann, Wendy Rise-Mor­ley

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