Following on from our Gold award in the regional London in Bloom finals in September, Walthamstow Village was awarded a silver-gilt in the Urban Communitycategory (joint second place with Gogarth, Wales) at the RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals in Birmingham! Kippax in Yorkshire got Gold, with the other three entries achieving Silver.
In the marking sheet, judges Martyn Hird and Glenn Dale said, “Walthamstow Village has certainly reached a high standard and once again the volunteers involved should be congratulated. The addition of many newly planted trees, seasonal planting and the planters throughout the tour give the whole Village a really welcome, feel-good factor. Those involved throughout the tour made the judging process a pleasure to undertake.”
Areas of achievement include the brick planters, especially those tended by Nick Springett, Andrew Blount and Jill Watkins, the Village Veg Plot, the Village Square, the Cherry Close Community Garden and the bee-friendly planting throughout the Village. Some areas for development include the need for greater residential involvement in improving front gardens, installation of hanging baskets in Orford Road to encourage greater participation and making more of the churchyard as the Village's biggest green space.
So still lots to do and the Bloom team is raring to go!
More gardening success
On Thursday, Lisa Gilbey, warden of Monoux Almshouses and residents of the Walthamstow and Chingford Almshouse Charity (WCAC) attended the London Garden Society awards at the Guildhall. Monoux Almshouses were awarded a bronze certificate in the Patio and Courtyard Displays category. Next year they're going for gold!
Almshouse resident Val Dowdell received a bronze for her garden too.
Congratulations and well done, WCAC!
Front Garden & Beautiful Premises Challenge Awards, Monday 17 October
The results of our Walthamstow Village Front Garden & Beautiful Premises Challenges will be announced and the certificates of participation presented after the main business of the WVRA AGM at 8 pm on Monday 17 October at the WF Community Hub (ex- Asian Centre) in Orford Road.
Do come along to see how you did, admire our London, and Britain in Bloom awards and celebrate our community’s success with wine and cheese.