Release Date: 16/07/2012
Keen gardeners around Richmond upon Thames have been honoured for their vibrant blooms and manicured flower beds in the latest Richmond Borough in Bloom awards.
Winners were announced on 11 July, with categories spanning everything from best front garden to best hotel or pub.
The Richmond Borough in Bloom committee gave this year’s competition a Diamond Jubilee theme by encouraging local residents and businesses to plant flowers in the royal colours of gold, purple, crimson and white.
Local gardeners have also faced extraordinary weather conditions this year, contending with a hosepipe ban earlier in the year followed by one of the wettest summers on record.
The annual Richmond Borough in Bloom contest aims to keep the borough beautiful and vibrant, and is sponsored by a range of businesses as well as receiving funding from Richmond Council.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“This has been another fantastic year for Richmond Borough in Bloom, in which local residents and businesses have excelled at showcasing the borough in creative displays of colour.
“In this Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year, the spotlight will be on Richmond more than ever before. Not only do we have the upcoming cycling events and torch relay, but we are also expecting an influx of Olympics tourists visiting our landmark sites such as Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace.
“Thanks to the creativity and talents of our green-fingered community, Richmond upon Thames is sure to put on a spectacular show of colourful blooms for our international guests.”
Pat Schooling, Committee Chairman of Richmond in Bloom said:
“The standard of entries this year has been as high as ever, which is quite remarkable in view of the weather conditions that made gardening so difficult. We have made 124 awards across nine categories for residents, community centres, pubs and shops. Many of them have contributed to the street scene in our borough villages and high streets with lovely floral displays which add to the pleasure of shopping.”
Richmond Borough in Bloom category winners include: Christine Arnold, of Ham, for best front garden; Robert Tuhey, East Sheen, best residential frontage; Michael and Elizabeth Earle, East Sheen, best park and bloom; Sheen Court in Richmond, best block of flats; Michel’s Almshouses, Richmond, best community building; The White Swan Twickenham, best hotel or pub; Sandy’s Fishmongers, Twickenham, best business premises; Nicola Wallington, Twickenham, Richmond & Twickenham Times Award; Zoe and George Varnava, Ham, Serco Award for Best Environmental Garden or Project.
Winners are set to take part in a formal presentation ceremony on 2 October.
Some of the top-performing gardens and displays from the Richmond Borough in Bloom competition were also on show in a London-wide contest on 4 and 5 July when judges visited from London in Bloom. Results from this competition are expected to be announced later in the summer.