Merton's Green-Fingered Residents Are Rewarded

Award ceremony for blossoming success

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Merton’s green-fingered residents blossomed into winners when they received their Merton in Bloom and Leisure and Allotment awards.

The awards evening was hosted by Deputy Leader Councillor Mark Betteridge. 

Mayor of Merton Councillor Oonagh Moulton presented certificates and prizes to the winners of the various categories including Best Front Garden over 20 sqm, Best School Wildlife Garden and Best Bloomin’ Pub.

Merton in Bloom forms part of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society's "Britain in Bloom", set up to help make the most of areas both environmentally and florally. The competition allows all members of the community to get involved and encourages residents to make Merton a greener place.

Council Mark Betteridge said: "It was wonderful to see all our well deserving winners and runners up receive their awards and certificates.  Everyone who takes part in Merton in Bloom contributes to making Merton a more pleasant area to enjoy."

The winners (pictured left) were: Best front garden over 20 sqm: Chatt Bhikhari, 18 Malvern Close, Mitcham

Best front garden under 20 sqm: Clarice Mitchell, 249 Streatham Road, Mitcham and Philip & Joyce Constable, 26B Leonard Avenue, Morden (Joint winners)

Best school wildlife garden: Poplar Primary School, Poplar Road South, Merton Park

Best balcony: Ekaterini Kisby, 34 Linden Gate, Church Walk, Raynes Park

Best drawing of a garden done by a child up to the age 14. Age category 7 – 10 years old: Virada Ravindran. Age category 11 – 14 years old: Ramkrishnam Shanmuganathan, Overall winner: Ramkrishnam Shanmuganathan

Best Bloomin' pub: The Windmill (Kam Baig), 40 Commonside West, Mitcham

Best floral allotment garden: Mr Joe Steel, Plot 61A, Martyn Way Allotments, Morden

Best hanging basket: Chat Bhikari, 18 Malvern Close, Mitcham

Best commercial premises: Alforno, 2a Kings Road, Wimbledon

Best community garden: Ahmadiyya Baitul Futuh Mosque, 181 London Road, Morden

Best landscape photograph of one of Merton’s Parks: Leigh Harrington.

October 25, 2010