Fly­ing the Green Flags for Hilling­don

Tal­ented gar­den­ers hon­oured at In Bloom awards

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries HILLING­DON’S green fin­gered res­i­dents and coun­cil are bask­ing in the glow of win­ning a pres­ti­gious gold award in the Lon­don in Bloom 2016 com­pe­ti­tion.

Their tal­ents and hard work were hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at Rich­mond Park on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 21, when the bor­ough was also named win­ner of the large city cat­e­gory.

Many of Hilling­don’s parks and open spa­ces were also re­warded in­di­vid­u­ally. Win­ners in­cluded: High­grove Woods won gold and the Com­mon of the Year cat­e­gory.

West Dray­ton Ceme­tery won the Small Ceme­tery cat­e­gory.

First time en­trant the Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial and Gar­den and East­cote House Gar­dens won gold in Park of the Year.

Long Meadow and Pinn Mead­ows won gold in the Large Con­ser­va­tion cat­e­gory.

Ruis­lip Lido won gold in Large Park of the Year.

Manor Farm and the Ru­ral Ac­tiv­i­ties Gar­den Cen­tre both won gold in the Small Parks cat­e­gory.

The coun­cil said it is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing and in­vest­ing in its parks and green spa­ces for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to use and en­joy, and that coun­cil of­fi­cers work with the bor­ough’s res­i­dents and com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer groups to en­sure they are main­tained to the high­est stan­dard.

Hilling­don was also awarded 42 Green Flag awards (the most in the coun­try) dur­ing the sum­mer and the bor­ough won gold in the RHS Bri­tain in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion last year.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, Hilling­don Coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “We are de­lighted with these re­sults. A phe­nom­e­nal amount of work has gone into mak­ing Hilling­don a gold award win­ner at Lon­don in Bloom. I would like to thank all the coun­cil staff, res­i­dents and vol­un­teers who in­vested their time and en­ergy into our fab­u­lous parks and green spa­ces.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the bor­ough’s parks and open spa­ces, visit www.hilling­don.gov.uk/ greenspaces

n GREEN GOES GOLD: The Pol­ish War Me­mo­rial gar­den scooped gold in Park of the Year and the Ru­ral Ac­tiv­i­ties Gar­den Cen­tre claimed gold in the Small Parks cat­e­gory

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