Merton Council has come out on top of all 33 London Boroughs by taking first prize in one category and coming in the top three in another at the prestigious London in Bloom 2000 awards.

The awards recently took place at Chelsea Harbour and Merton walked away with first place in the London Borough Trophy and third place in the Council Services Trophy. As first prize winner in the London Borough Trophy, Merton will be nominated to the National Britain in Bloom Competition 2001.

Cannizaro House Hotel was also awarded first prize in the Best Floral Hotel category.

The two main trophies are awarded after looking at a wide range of aspects of the Council’s management of the natural environment including nature reserves and conservation areas, commitment to Agenda 21, recycling, voluntary support and participation and nature conservation management plans.

The judges also look at parks and open spaces, together with floral displays staged by commercial interests in the borough and the notable contributions made by borough residents.

Councillor Peter Holt, Labour Leader of the Council, said: ‘This is excellent news for Merton. These awards show that Merton is indeed a very green borough with sound management of the environment, in partnership with both residents and businesses.

‘We would like to thank and congratulate all those in Merton who have made their contribution towards these successes and I hope we can continue to work together to protect and improve the environment for future generations.’