Veolia Celebrates London in Bloom

The gardens, which have just seen the completion of £1million of improvements paid for by Richmond Council, beat Holland Park in Kensington and Alexandra Park in Haringey, and topped a successful year of awards for the borough.

Cllr Serge Lourie, Leader of Richmond Council, said: “Terrace Gardens looks lovely thanks to the work we’ve carried out there. This is proof again that Richmond upon Thames has some of the best open spaces in London and indeed the country. More than 90 per cent of our residents are happy with our parks and I hope everyone who has visited the borough for a ‘staycation’ this year will agree that our investment has really been worthwhile.

“Hosting the awards brings the extra responsibility to ensure standards are first rate and I’m very pleased we were able to collect our first ever gold awards, something the Council has been working towards for several years.”

Paul Levett, Deputy Chief Executive of Veolia Environmental Services says: “We are delighted to support London in Bloom as so many of our municipal waste customers have participated in the competition. We also have a keen interest in the subject because of our various contracts for maintaining public parks, gardens and green space around the capital .All the entrants have contributed to enhancing the capital's green spaces and promoting environmental awareness and community involvement. This year's event, hosted by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames , showed the dedication and imagination that goes into improving parks, green spaces, streets and gardens and complements our own philosophy towards the environment.'

Richmond upon Thames won gold in the whole-borough section, coming second to the Kensington and Chelsea and Islington which jointly won the best in category prize.

Started in 1967, London in Bloom is the UK’s largest gardening, horticulture and environmental competition with an emphasis on sustainability, green living, and community involvement. More than 300 civic leaders and horticulturalists from across London were at the awards ceremony on Friday 11 September when the winners were announced.