Wimbledon Is Blooming Lovely

Honours at London in Bloom 2013

Merton's local residents, businesses, schools, community groups and gardening enthusiasts are celebrating success after the borough was awarded a Silver Gilt in the London in Bloom 2013 competition.

In Wimbledon, Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller visited The Priory C of E Primary School (right) to congratulate the pupils on winning a London in Bloom award.

The annual competition offers boroughs, community groups, residents and businesses the opportunity to work together to improve the capital's environment, making it a greener, cleaner and more attractive place to live, work and visit.

It includes a gardening campaign for schools, which aims to encourage young people to get involved in projects to improve their school grounds. The Silver Gilt prize for schools this year was won by The Priory in Queens Road.

Wimbledon Common also scooped second prize for Common of the Year and South Park Gardens in Wimbledon, which is already the recipient of a prestigious Green Flag Award, was also awarded a Silver Gilt in the Park of the Year category.

Merton also received second prize in the Biodiversity award and The Paddock Allotments in Raynes Park scooped second prize for best allotment site in London.

Deputy Mayor of Merton, Councillor John Sargeant, received several of the awards on behalf of the Merton teams.  He said: "It was a pleasure to see Merton being awarded with such prestigious prizes, marking our dedication to keeping our borough beautiful and green. Congratulations to everyone who has helped towards our London in Bloom wins."

October 17, 2013