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Hillingdon strikes gold again at London in Bloom

News release: 27/9/18 - Hillingdon scooped a series of prestigious accolades at this year's London in Bloom awards - further establishing its reputation as the capital's greenest borough.

Green Spaces team London in Bloom 2018

Hillingdon saw off competition from other London boroughs to win nine gold and seven silver gilt awards for its parks, green spaces and gardens.

The borough won gold in the "large city" category - an accolade it retained from last year. It was also judged overall winner in the category for the second year in a row. 

The council's Rural Activities Garden Centre, which provides educational and employment opportunities for adults with additional needs, also won a gold and was named overall winner in the "small park of the year" category. Volunteer gardeners from the garden centre - affectionately known as "gardeneers" - are no strangers to receiving awards, having recently won a gold medal at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

There were also awards for:

  • Stockley Business Park - won gold and was judged overall winner in the "business landscape" category 
  • Polish War Memorial and Garden - won gold in the "park of the year" category
  • Ruislip Lido - won gold in the "large park of the year" category
  • Poors Field - won gold in the "common of the year" category
  • Long Meadow - won gold in the "large conservation area" category
  • Friends of Eastcote House Gardens - won gold in the "our community" category
  • Eastcote House Gardens - won gold for the "park of the year" category
  • Breakspear Cemetery - won gold in the "large cemetery" category
  • Friends of Eastcote House Gardens - won gold in the "walled garden" category
  • Highgrove Woods - won silver gilt in the "small conservation area" category
  • Pinn Meadows - won silver gilt in the "large conservation area" category
  • Minet Country Park - won silver gilt in the "country park of the year" category
  • Manor Farm - won silver gilt in the "heritage park and garden of the year" category
  • Normal Leddy Gardens - won silver gilt in the "small park of the year" category
  • West Drayton Cemetery - won silver gilt in the "small cemetery" category
  • Friends of Pinn Meadows - won silver gilt in the "our community" category
  • Friends of Pinn Meadows - judged to be "thriving" in the "it's your neighbourhood" category
  • Friends of Eastcote House Gardens - marked as outstanding in the "it's your neighbourhood" category

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: "To retain our overall gold award for another year is a remarkable achievement. I have seen first hand the huge amount of work that goes into keeping the borough looking its best, not just during the judging season but all year round. 

"I extend my warmest congratulations to all involved, including everyone in the council's green spaces, waste and maintenance teams, and the residents and community groups that play a crucial role in our ongoing success."

London in Bloom is an annual competition that has been running for more than 40 years. The competition is designed to promote gardening and horticulture across London. This year's award ceremony took place at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park on Thursday 20 September. Entries were judged in July.

Hillingdon has also seen success in the national Britain in Bloom awards, winning gold for the "large city" category in 2017. The borough also has the most Green Flag parks in the United Kingdom (49). 

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