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Why we should all be proud of this Britain in Bloom silver award

01 December, 2017

Blackstock Triangle elephants

• I WANT to say a huge thank-you to everyone, especially volunteers, who helped Islington win a silver award at this year’s prestigious Britain in Bloom awards.

Britain in Bloom is a major national competition, with hundreds of entries every year, and perhaps best-known for awards that go to well-kept villages and small towns in the countryside.

It has strongly-contested awards for city boroughs, and this year Islington has won silver in the city category. This is a huge achievement for our small borough. We don’t have huge green spaces, but we do have passionate residents who care deeply about making their street, estate or neighbourhood look its best.

Back in August, Britain in Bloom’s judges toured the borough, including King Henry’s Walk, Arlington Square, Camden Passage, Freightliners Farm, the Blackstock Triangle and Gillespie Park, as well as individual gardens.

On their visit, they met Octopus Communities and The Garden Classroom to talk about their work supporting and educating adults and children who are interested in growing food and learning about wildlife.

The judges were captivated by the very strong sense of community, and how groups and individuals were making a real difference to the areas where they live and work. They saw how so many residents, pubs and businesses were getting into the In Bloom spirit, with wonderful floral displays.

This award belongs to everyone who worked so hard this year – Islington gardeners, residents’ groups, tenants’ and residents’ organisations, parks’ Friends groups, and countless others who plant trees, flowers and window boxes every year.

Thanks go to our parks staff, who make a special effort for Britain in Bloom.

All of your work makes a huge difference to Islington. You should be proud of this award. It is for every one of you.

Cllr CLAUDIA WEBBE
Labour executive member for environment and transport, Islington Council

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