London in Bloom results, Golds all round!At the London in Bloom awards in Richmond on 21 September, Teresa, Caroline and Helen brought back Walthamstow Village's fifth GOLD award! Just over the Waltham Forest border off Ferry Lane, Hale Village, Haringey was also awarded Gold and scooped this year’s Best London Village which was well deserved.
Congratulations to our sister group Cleveland Perk (Cleveland Park Crescent, Avenue and Vintry Mews) led by Ralph Meanley with Roy Messenger and Helen Jackson, who achieved a well-deserved Gold in the Our Community category and Outstanding in the It's Your Neighbourhood category.
Walthamstow Marshes led by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority was awarded a Gold and won the Large Conservation Area category!
On our marking sheet London judges Geraldine King and Martin Kalacher said, “The Village very much have earned their award and it was a pleasure to judge high standards of horticulture that addressed conservation, local history, sustainability and environmental responsibility. This could not be achieved without the support of a dedicated community who demonstrated their keenness to share ideas, be involved and be proud of ' their village'.”
There were special mentions for Gerard Clegg and his work transforming the Cherry Close Community Garden in Eden Road, the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery's "Village in Bloom" display, the Village Veg allotment and Mr. & Mrs. Martin's garden in Church Lane. The full marking sheet can be viewed on our Walthamstow Village in Bloom Facebook page and at www.walthamstowvillage.net
We'll see on Friday 14 October how we did nationally when Helen, Teresa, Caroline, Jakob and John attend the Britain in Bloom national awards in Birmingham. Fingers crossed!