Green fingered community groups, schools, residents and businesses celebrated at this week’s Merton in Bloom awards ceremony in Morden’s Civic Centre.
Following the borough’s success in the regional London in Bloom competition, gardens, allotments and hanging baskets were recognised with trophies and certificates from the Mayor or Merton, Councillor David Chung.
Entries were judged on horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. The winners were decided by members of local allotment and horticultural societies.
On the night, Merton received its three London in Bloom awards for the upkeep and maintenance of its cemeteries. Gap Road, Wimbledon, a first time entry, was the highest scoring cemetery, receiving a silver gilt award. Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery was awarded silver with London Road, Mitcham given bronze.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Chung, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this year’s Merton in Bloom awards. It was great to meet so many people passionate about maintaining gardens and green spaces. I would encourage all those who have worked diligently on this project to continue and encourage others to participate in the future to beautify Merton.”
Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “Once again residents, local businesses and community groups have impressed with a high standard of submissions for this year’s awards. Special thanks must go to everyone who sent in an entry and to the winners on the night.”