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London Bridge strikes GOLD at the Britain in Bloom 2017 Awards
Greenwood Theatre Linear Park 
Team London Bridge scooped a prestigious Britain in Bloom GOLD for the area at the RHS Awards 2017 ceremony held in north Wales in October last weekend. The accolade follows the Gold award from London in Bloom just a few weeks prior. 
Visitors to the London Bridge area often comment on the street side colour and green spaces that the area boasts, but the hard work, commitment and ingenuity that allows it all to happen isn't so conspicuous. That's why the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards are so important as it gives us a chance to celebrate the work that Team London Bridge and our partners put in throughout the year. 
Team London Bridge joined Britain in Bloom groups from across the UK at the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter and renowned garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair. RHS judges visited the 78 finalists over the summer to assess each group against three key criteria: community participation, environmental responsibility and horticultural achievement. 
Depending on the standard reached, a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze medal is awarded, with a winner in each category and discretionary awards for achieving excellence in particular fields.  
The In Bloom judges visit Melior Street Garden in August 
Between them, this year’s Britain in Bloom finalists planted over a million trees, bulbs and other plants, transforming villages, towns and cities into green havens that lift people’s spirits and improve their wellbeing. 
This year's judges commented, “London Bridge can justifiably be proud of its 2017 charter, including its development and building upon its strategic plan. Working in partnership with the excellent St Mungo’s Putting Down Roots project and numerous other agencies, major improvements have been made and are continuing to be achieved…If ever there was the requirement to evidence the value of BIDs in the Bloom campaign, then London Bridge is a place to visit.”
The judges had particular praise for the “superb” alleyway landscaping and the Greenwood Theatre Pocket Park designed by Dame Zandra Rhodes and Joe Swift. A well deserved Community Champion Award was given to St Mungos' Putting Down Roots' Victoria O’Dwyer who has dedicated many hundreds of hours to making the London Bridge area a green and pleasent neighbourhood. 
So congratulation to all involved in our many greening projects, in particular Putting Down Roots and CJS Plants.  
30 October 2017

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