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. Over 34 London boroughs including schools, town centres and recreational parks will be participating in the competition from now until September.
David Allister, Richmond Council’s Head of Parks and Open Spaces, said: “Hosting the 2009 London in Bloom is a real coup for the Council and for residents, it will put Richmond upon Thames in the horticultural spotlight. The Council together with Richmond in Bloom Committee will certainly play its part and with the help from the borough’s schools, businesses and residents taking part in the borough competition, we can really shine and set a great example of horticultural excellence.”
The launch of the competition will be celebrated with a sneak preview of the £1million refurbishment of Terrace Gardens in Richmond which is due to be officially opened in early July.
Geoff Hyde, Chairman of London in Bloom said: “At a time when the recession is making life hard for many of London’s residents and businesses it is especially important to keep up the standards which make life as enjoyable as possible. Londoners’ quality of life is greatly enhanced by the attention given to its parks, green and wildlife spaces, street plantings and community and individual gardens; we thank our entrants for their continued support for our campaign and its objectives”.
“We are delighted to have the magnificent help and support this year from the Richmond Council, Veolia International Environmental Services, the RFU and other sponsors, which have enabled this year’s awards to take place in such a prestigious venue.”
Rob Edmondson, Regional Director for Veolia Environmental Services says: ‘’We’re delighted to sponsor the London in Bloom award evening. At Veolia Environmental Services we work with a number of boroughs across London and the UK to lower their impact on the environment and encourage local residents to participate in environmental awareness programmes. This competition reinforces the need for residents to think about sustainable living and community involvement.’’
Richmond upon Thames will host this year’s awards at the Rugby Football Union on Friday 11 September. The night will be attended by representatives of the entrant cities and boroughs, campaign judges, amateur and professional gardeners and civic dignitaries from across London, with the supporters and sponsors, to celebrate the best of the best.