Beauty of borough honoured at awards night

Release Date: 28 September 2017

The best community gardeners were honoured at the Richmond Borough in Bloom awards ceremony at York House this week.

Over 130 Merit Award certificates were presented to entrants in the ten residential and business categories covering front gardens, house frontages, community buildings, estates, pubs and shops.

The competitions are run by Richmond Borough in Bloom which also celebrated its third year of the ‘Best Village in Bloom’ competition. There were eight ‘village’ entries this year, a notable increase over just two in 2016 and the overall winner’s Best Village in Bloom trophy was awarded to Kew.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“It is clear that communities worked incredibly hard to put forward their entries and the overall quality of submissions was very high, as you would expect from a borough renowned for its green spaces.

“The fact that more entries were received this year compared with last year is a great endorsement for the hard work our villages put into their entries and I would like to congratulate everyone who received an award.”

Pat Schooling from Richmond in Bloom, added:

“In the 26 years since our gardening competitions were first introduced the interest has grown steadily with more entrants each year and our Merit Awards provide recognition of the efforts keen gardeners in the borough make. We are very proud of the fact that to receive a Richmond in Bloom plaque as a category winner is a much prized achievement.”

Notes for editors

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Full winners list:

  • Best Village in Bloom – Kew
  • Front Gardens: Jean Burman
  • Residential Frontages: Sasha Belavokaya
  • Park & Bloom Winner: Dennis & Anne Strudwick
  • Estates: Handel Mansions
  • Community Building: Michel’s Almshouses
  • Hotel or Pub Exterior: The Sun Inn, Richmond
  • Business Premises: Stone, Rowe Brewer Courtyard
  • Commercial Centre: The Square, Twickenham
  • Environmental Garden: The Holly Lodge Centre, Richmond Park

Reference: P447/17

Updated: 2 October 2017