Our bor­ough’s bloom­ing great

Top hor­ti­cul­tural award for Hilling­don

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON Coun­cil scooped gold at the na­tional Bri­tain in Bloom 2015 award cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 16.

The bor­ough was the only Lon­don author­ity to rep­re­sent the cap­i­tal at the awards in Sun­der­land and ended the evening in tri­umph.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, cabi­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness was also awarded a com­mu­nity cham­pion prize by the judges as a mark of his com­mit­ment to the cam­paign and his com­mu­nity li­ai­son work for Hilling­don.

He said: “Hilling­don coun­cil is de­lighted to win the pres­ti­gious Bri­tain in Bloom con­test this year. As the only Lon­don author­ity to be se­lected, we are par­tic­u­larly pleased.

“This suc­cess high­lights all the hard work and con­tri­bu­tion made by the com­mu­nity in Hilling­don, which in­cludes the many coun­cil staff, vol­un­teers and lo­cal busi­nesses, who have been in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive in their ap­proach, right from the start.

“Their shared com­mit­ment to­wards mak­ing the bor­ough’s green spa­ces rich in di­ver­sity and at­trac­tive for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors is out­stand­ing.”

Bri­tain in Bloom is or­gan­ised by the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety and is one of Europe’s largest hor­ti­cul­tural cam­paigns.

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gan in 1964 as a means of at­tract­ing tourism to Bri­tain and the RHS took over as the or­gan­is­ing body in 2001.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the bor­ough’s parks and open spa­ces see www. h i l l i n g d o n . g o v. u k / greens­paces.

n AWARD: From left to right, Stu­art Hunt, Green Spa­ces, Sports and Cul­ture area man­ager, a judge from the RHS and Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco

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