December 9 2013 Latest news:
Jane Ball, News editor
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Havering has shown it packs some serious flower power after scooping 10 gongs at a captial-wide wildlife competition.
Hornchurch Country Park, in Hornchurch, Bedfords Park, Havering-atte-Bower, and Lodge Farm Park, Romford all took top-place gold awards in this year’s London in Bloom parks catergories.
The judges were full of praise for the borough’s green space. One said: “Bedfords Park is a tremendous asset to the community – the deer park is a great attraction for young and old alike and is rare to see in London.”
They were also impressed with the grassland management at Lodge Farm Park including the development of wildflower meadows and suggested that they be extended to other parks.
South Essex Crematorium and Upminster Cemetery, and Romford Cemetery were entered into the competition for the first time and also picked up a silver and bronze award respectively.
Sylvia Littlewood of Woodcote, in Broxhill Road, Havering-Atte-Bower won third prize for the Front Garden Award.
She said: “It feels wonderful, amazing, absolutely lovely to get this award!
“I didn’t intend on entering the competition, but in 2010 I won Best Community Front Garden in Havering in Bloom, then earlier this year, I got knock on the door from someone from the Council. He asked if I’d entered London in Bloom and said he thought I should, he thought I’d do well – and I did!”
London in Bloom is a competition that encourages boroughs, communities, residents and businesses to work together to improve the environment and make London a greener, cleaner place to live, work and visit. And this is a top priority for Havering is one of the greenest boroughs in London, boasting 6,000 hectares of green belt, which covers almost half the borough.
Cllr Michael White, Leader of the Council, said: “These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of all the people who work to maintain the green spaces, which really is a labour of love – and as a result, everyone can see and enjoy them. I’m very thankful to everyone who has contributed and extremely proud too.”
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