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Hillingdon wins gold at the Britain in Bloom finals

Hillingdon Council was awarded the prestigious Gold status at the national Britain in Bloom 2015 award ceremony last Friday evening 16 October in Sunderland.

News release: 19 October 2015

As the only London authority to represent the capital at Britain in Bloom this year out of more than 1,600 entrants across the country, the efforts of all staff, residents and volunteer groups looking after the borough's green spaces was richly rewarded by the judges. 

This is the first time Hillingdon has won Gold and the borough's achievements in environmental responsibility, community participation and horticultural excellence were noted by the judges.

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Lead Member for Finance, Property and Business was also awarded a community champion award by the judges as a mark of his commitment to the campaign and his community liaison work for Hillingdon. 

Councillor Jonathan Bianco said:

"Hillingdon council is delighted to win the prestigious Britain in Bloom contest this year. As the only London authority to be selected, we are particularly pleased. This success highlights all the hard work and contribution made by the community in Hillingdon, which includes the many council staff, volunteers and local businesses, who have been incredibly supportive in their approach, right from the start. Their shared commitment towards making the borough's green spaces rich in diversity and attractive for residents and visitors is outstanding."

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Britain in Bloom is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society and is one of Europe's largest horticultural campaigns. The story of Britain in Bloom began in 1964 when the tourist board wanted a way to market the country through floral displays. Since the Royal Horticultural Society took over as the organising body in 2001, the focus of the campaign has widened to include helping the environment, strengthening communities and inspiring more people to get involved.

For more information on the borough's parks and open spaces visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/greenspaces



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