The City of London Corporation is celebrating after winning seven honours in the 2018 London in Bloom competition.
The City of London won Gold and overall winner in the Town category. There were also awards for West Ham Park in Newham, Queen’s Park in Brent, Golder’s Hill Park in Barnet and Postman’s Park in the City. The Hill Garden and Pergola on Hampstead Heath received the honour alongside Keats House in Camden.
The City of London Corporation is a major green spaces provider for London. It protects and conserves 18 green spaces in London and south east England. This includes Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest – and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile. They include important wildlife habitats, sites of scientific interest and national nature reserves. They are protected from building plans by special legislation.
London in Bloom celebrates and recognises the passion Londoners have for greening the capital city.
Entries invite local authorities, parks, friends groups, community groups, and schools across London who want to improve their local environment.
Graeme Smith, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces and City Gardens Committee, said:
“These results are a testament to the exceptional work that our staff, volunteers and friends groups achieve year round.
“London in Bloom is about celebrating and recognising the passion we all have for a cleaner, greener city. And we are highly dedicated to protecting and providing green spaces across the capital for the benefit of all Londoners.”
The City of London Corporation invests £29m in its green spaces every year, which attract over 23 million visits annually.