Islington scoops gold at London In Bloom awards

Islington has come out on top at the London In Bloom awards this week, being crowned Borough Of The Year for the best green spaces, community and residents’ gardens in the capital.

The award was collected by Islington Gardeners, a green-fingered residents’ group that works closely with the council to make sure the borough is a pleasant place to live.

 Jennifer Chamberlain, chair of Islington Gardeners, said: “I am absolutely thrilled at the borough’s successes in the London In Bloom awards. I know that the team have worked extremely hard to achieve this, and have worked miracles in an inner London borough with very few open, green spaces, and in the face of severe financial pressures in the last few years.”

Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, said: “I am so pleased that Islington’s beautiful green spaces have got the recognition they deserved.

“Without the input of the Islington Gardeners volunteers and the many individuals and groups who are members, Islington would not bloom as it does.

“Our success is an example of council and community working together to make Islington a better place for its residents, making a real, visible difference to people’s lives.”

Gillespie Park, also the home of Islington’s Ecology Centre, achieved gold for Conservation Area Of The Year, while Culpeper Community Garden landed the coveted Royal Horticultural Society’s National Certificate of Distinction, in recognition of groups that have done consistently well in the It's Your Neighbourhood awards.

Arlington Square, entered by the Arlington Association, also won a silver gilt award for Small Park Of The Year.

Notes to editors

Notes to editor

Pictures attached
+ LIB-2015-Award: London In Bloom chairman Geoff Hyde, centre, presents the Borough Of The Year award to Islington Council Greenspace staff Sarah Warland, left, and Martin Kalaher.
+ Wheelwright Street: This area was transformed thanks to a Forgotten Corners grant from Islington Gardeners. Now with a beach theme incorporating reclaimed wooden groyne posts and bright valerian flowers.
+ Culpeper Community Garden, run by an independent charity which leases the land from Islington Council, has won the prestigious RHS  National Certificate of Distinction.
+ Gillespie Park, which achieved gold for Conservation Area Of The Year

Full results for Islington:

Islington Gardeners - The London In Bloom Borough Of The Year Award 2015 (Gold and category winner, City Group B)
Gillespie Park - Conservation Area (Gold and category winner)

London in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards 2015:

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington - RHS National Certificate of Distinction

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington - Outstanding
Arlington Association, Islington - Outstanding
Centre 404 Garden, Islington - Thriving
Friends of King Henrys Walk Garden, Islington - Thriving
Holloway Neighbourhood Group, Islington - Thriving
Holloway Neighbourhood Group – the Stress Project, Islington - Thriving
Friends of Duncan Terrace & Colebrooke Row Gardens, Islington - Establishing
The Granville Square Gardeners, Islington - Establishing

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