Merton set to blossom this summer

Now spring is here, Merton Council is calling on residents to grab their gardening gloves to show off their blossoming successes in the annual Merton in Bloom competition.

Residents can apply for a place in the competition by completing an entry form available at local libraries, Merton’s Civic Centre or at: http://www.merton.gov.uk/mertoninbloom
All entries must be submitted by 22 June, and the awards will take place from late October onwards.

Merton in Bloom forms part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom, and inspires local businesses, community groups and residents to keep their boroughs green and flourishing.

People within the borough can enter categories of best hanging basket, balcony, school wildlife garden, commercial premises, community garden and best blooming pub. Children can enter a drawing of a garden, and the winners will see their pictures printed on a T-shirt.

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “Merton’s entries do our borough proud every year, and last year the standards were particularly high. It is always impressive how many of our local community groups, businesses and individual gardeners get involved, and last year we were pleased to get hundreds of creative and colourful entries in the children’s drawing competition.

“It doesn’t matter how large or small your garden is, or if you just have a hanging basket, you can still enter. Merton in Bloom is a great way for our community to draw closer together doing something really worthwhile and enjoyable, and we look forward to seeing our residents’ green fingered successes this year.”

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Notes to editors:

Merton in Bloom aims to help make the most of areas both environmentally and florally and examines gardening achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. It is judged by members of local allotment and horticultural societies, and the Mayor of Merton will present the winners with their awards. For more information, please visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/mertoninbloom
or contact: greenspace.events@merton.gov.uk or: 020 8545 3956.

Press Contact:
Nina Romain
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654