Merton celebrates borough’s best blooms

Green fingered community groups, schools, residents and businesses celebrated at the Merton in Bloom awards ceremony in Morden’s Civic Centre.

The Priory School and Wimbledon Chase Primary School won joint first place in the Best School Wildlife Garden category

The Priory School and Wimbledon Chase Primary School came in joint first place in the Best School Wildlife Garden category

Following the borough’s success in the regional London in Bloom competition, gardens, allotments, hanging baskets and the like, were recognised and rewarded with trophies and certificates from the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller.

Based upon horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation, the categories were judged by members of local allotment and horticultural societies.

Sue Kendall, who came in 3rd place for Best Balcony and 2nd place for Best Hanging Basket, receives her award from the Mayor of Merton

Sue Kendall, who came in 3rd place for Best Balcony and 2nd place for Best Hanging Basket, receives her award from the Mayor of Merton

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller, said: “It’s lovely to meet so many people who are passionate about gardening. The Merton in Bloom awards are a great way to acknowledge the effort that our local people put into their gardens and green spaces, making the borough a more beautiful place.”

Gino's restaurant in Wimbledon was highly commended in the Best Commercial Premises category

Gino’s restaurant in Wimbledon was highly commended in the Best Commercial Premises category

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “Merton in Bloom impresses me every year. It’s great to see so many local businesses and community groups taking part alongside residents. Congratulations to all our winners, and everyone who took part.”

Mitcham Parish Church was highly commended for its community garden

Mitcham Parish Church was highly commended for its community garden