Merton’s local residents, businesses, schools, community groups and gardening enthusiasts are celebrating success after the borough was awarded a Silver Gilt in the London in Bloom 2013 competition.
In addition to this accolade, Wimbledon Common scooped second prize for Common of the Year and South Park Gardens, which is already the recipient of a prestigious Green Flag Award, was also awarded a Silver Gilt in the Park of the Year category. Merton also received second prize in the Biodiversity award and The Paddock Allotments scooped second prize for best allotment site in London.
London in Bloom takes place every year and offers boroughs, community groups, residents and businesses the opportunity to work together to improve the capital’s environment, making it a greener, cleaner and more attractive 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 Silver Gilt prize for schools this year was won by The Priory C of E Primary School in Wimbledon.
Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor John Sargeant, received several of the awards on behalf of the Merton teams. He said: “It was a pleasure to see Merton being awarded with such prestigious prizes, marking our dedication to keeping our borough beautiful and green. Congratulations to everyone who has helped towards our London in Bloom wins.”
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.”
Visit www.londoninbloom.co.uk to find out more about the London in Bloom competition.