The Best Village in Bloom

Richmond is widely regarded as the most beautiful and floral borough in London and as I’m sure you know, there are 14 ‘villages’ in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames – Barnes, Kew, Mortlake, East Sheen, Richmond, Whitton and Heathfield, East Twickenham and St Margarets, Twickenham, Teddington, Strawberry Hill, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick, Hampton and Ham/Petersham.

Richmond in Bloom have organised a competition that can make your village the pride of Richmond, where the initiatives of both residents and businesses can combine to make breath-taking improvements to each one of the borough’s villages.

The competition is for community groups rather than individuals and the entry deadline is Saturday 24 June. Villages are assessed by a panel of judges and given a tour by each of the participating community groups. Each entrant group is invited to provide for the judges a written statement of activity throughout the year, including if available, pictures of earlier floral displays like spring bulbs in flower. This information will be taken into account with the judging on the day.

Marks are awarded for:
• Community participation – including residential and business initiatives
• Horticultural achievement – including impact and soft landscaping
• Environmental responsibility – including quality of maintenance and local heritage
• Special commendation – including improvement from previous year, and/or overview of action report and photographic record of seasonal planting.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“Best Village in Bloom brings out the very best in Richmond and puts us on the map as being not only the most beautiful place to live in London – but the country. It’s the reason we’ve enjoyed so much success in the national Britain in Bloom competition over the years. We want to keep our legacy as being the greenest borough going which is why we are encouraging all of our villages to take part.”

Pat Schooling, Chair of Richmond Borough in Bloom, said:

“Richmond in Bloom has been a major highlight for the borough over the past 27 years and the secret behind its longevity it quite simple – passion and commitment. Our residents care deeply about the environment and this competition is the chance for them to ensure our proud tradition of being the most floral borough in London continues to go from strength-to-strength. I hope community groups from all of the borough’s 14 villages get involved in the Best Village in Bloom category of the competition – it’s incredible for community spirit as well as the environment.”

You can download the application form here.