Hilling­don’s green spa­ces and parks a Brit spe­cial

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - QASIM PERACHA

IT may be au­tumn but Hilling­don has just won a pres­ti­gious award for its fauna and flora.

The Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety, the body be­hind the Chelsea Flower Show, awarded Hilling­don a gold award, along with a large city cat­e­gory award, in the Bri­tain in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion.

The re­sult was an­nounced at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Col­wyn Bay, Llan­dudno, af­ter judges vis­ited the bor­ough in Au­gust to judge its parks and green spa­ces.

Judges Dar­ren Share and Geral­dine King vis­ited the Ru­ral Ac­tiv­i­ties Gar­den Cen­tre, in Hilling­don, East­cote House Gar­dens and Manor Farm, in Ruis­lip, among other spa­ces.

Mr Share said: “It was great to hear how com­mit­ted the coun­cil is to open spa­ces and it’s so nice to see the amount of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity and vol­un­teer­ing that you all do in Hilling­don. Ev­ery­thing we saw was re­ally im­pres­sive.” The bor­ough has more than 200 green spa­ces in to­tal and has won more Green Flag awards than any other lo­cal author­ity in the coun­try this year, as well as win­ning the gold award for large city bor­ough in the London in Bloom com­pe­ti­tion. Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, Hilling­don Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and busi­ness ser­vices, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to win gold in the large city cat­e­gory, as well as be­ing cat­e­gory win­ner in Bri­tain in Bloom against such strong com­pe­ti­tion. This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for Hilling­don and will add to our long list of ac­co­lades for out­stand­ing parks and green spa­ces. “We’d like to thank all the coun­cil em­ploy­ees, res­i­dents and vol­un­teers who have put so much time and ef­fort into mak­ing Hilling­don such a won­der­ful place to en­joy and visit and would en­cour­age more peo­ple to go out and ex­plore our green spa­ces.”

This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for Hilling­don and will add to our long list of ac­co­lades

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