Spring is rapidly approaching - Richmond in Bloom time once again!

Release Date: 24/02/2017

The gardening season is almost upon us and as our minds ponder on our own gardens, why not go the extra mile and spruce up your entire area by taking part in this year’s ‘Best Village in Bloom’.

This is the competition that can make your area the pride of Richmond, where the initiatives of both residents and businesses can combine to make breath-taking improvements to each one of the borough’s 14 villages. There are many reasons why Richmond is the most beautiful and floral borough in London and the ‘Best Village in Bloom’ competition is just one of them.

Each year we invest heavily in the borough’s parks and open spaces because we know how important the environment means to our residents. The Council’s Parks team works hard all year round but it is the ‘Best Village in Bloom’ competition that pushes the borough above all others.

The competition is for community groups rather than individuals and the entry deadline is right up until Saturday 24 June. Villages are assessed by a panel of judges and given a tour by each of the participating community groups. Each entrant group is invited to provide for the judges a written statement of activity throughout the year, including if available, pictures of earlier floral displays like spring bulbs in flower. This information will be taken into account with the judging on the day.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“Best Village in Bloom brings out the very best in Richmond and puts us on the map as being not only the most beautiful place to live in London – but the country. It’s the reason we’ve enjoyed so much success in the national Britain in Bloom competition over the years. We want to keep our legacy as being the greenest borough going which is why we are encouraging all of our villages to take part.”

Pat Schooling, Chair of Richmond Borough in Bloom, said:

“Richmond in Bloom has been a major highlight for the borough over the past 27 years and the secret behind its longevity it quite simple – passion and commitment. Our residents care deeply about the environment and this competition is the chance for them to ensure our proud tradition of being the most floral borough in London continues to go from strength-to-strength. I hope community groups from all of the borough’s 14 villages get involved in the Best Village in Bloom category of the competition – it’s incredible for community spirit as well as the environment.”

For more information and to download an application form visit Richmond Borough in Bloom.

Updated: 24 February 2017