Merton’s green spaces among the best in London

Local gardening enthusiasts are celebrating success after Merton was awarded Silver at London in Bloom 2012.

In addition to this accolade, Merton was awarded a Silver Gilt for Mitcham Common and also for South Park Gardens – which is already the recipient of the prestigious Green Flag. The Paddock Allotment scooped first prize and a Gold Award for best allotment in London for the third consecutive year.

London in Bloom takes place every year and offers boroughs, communities, residents and businesses the opportunity to work together to improve the capital’s environment, making it a greener and cleaner place to live, work and visit.

There is also a gardening campaign for schools, which aims to encourage young people to get involved in projects to improve their school grounds. London in Bloom’s top prize for schools this year was won by Merton’s Sacred Heart Primary School.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: ‘It is great news that Merton has, once again, been highly awarded at London in Bloom. A lot of hard work has gone into improving our green spaces and public places. I would like to thank residents and local organisations for the effort they’ve made in making Merton one of the best green boroughs in the capital.’

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

1. Photos are available on request

2. More information on London in Bloom is available at http://www.londoninbloom.co.uk