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Havering's green spaces get the thumbs up from 'in bloom' judges

PUBLISHED: 08:16 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:16 10 September 2014

Large conservation area and country parks award - Bedfords Park

Large conservation area and country parks award - Bedfords Park

Havering Council Sept 2014

Havering's green spaces are bloomin' marvellous and have earned the borough its biggest ever haul of awards from the London in Bloom judges.

Havering’s gold award winners

London Borough City Award:

Havering

Large Park of the Year:

Raphael Park

Large Park of the Year (Over 25 Acres):

Harold Wood Park

Country Park Award:

Bedfords Park – Overall Category Winner

Havering Country Park

Large Conservation Area:

Bedfords Park – Overall Category Winner

The borough was presented with 23 awards, more than double the amount it won last year, at a ceremony on Monday.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council, said: “Last year we won 10 awards, which was the best we’d had at that point, so to more than double that and win 23 awards is quite incredible, and goes to show how much pride we have in our wonderful green spaces.

“I’m very thankful to everyone who has worked tremendously hard to maintain these spaces – it’s because of them that we have this accolade.”

Judges were particularly impressed with Havering’s parks, which secured 16 of the 23 awards including the Large Park of the Year for Raphael Park, the Large Park (over 25 acres) Award for Harold Wood Park, and Large Conservation Area and Country Park Awards for Bedfords Park.

Martin Rodwell, judge for London in Bloom, said: “It was a real pleasure to have judged Havering’s Parks.”

Community efforts were also praised including those of Sylvia Littlewood, of Broxhill Road, who was runner-up in the Best Front Garden category.

The Myplace Youth Garden Project, The Friends of Bedfords Park & Walled Garden and Upland Court Road were all recognised for their work in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Award.

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