The 2016 Kingston in Bloom campaign was organised by Kingston Council and idverde, with prizes kindly sponsored by Advanced Tree Services, Court Farm Garden Centre, and idverde UK.
The Kingston in Bloom Competition seeks to reward civic minded citizens, businesses and organisations who help to keep the borough of Kingston blooming.
This year witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of participants entering the competition, with Kingston residents, allotment associations, and green spaces groups all being able to nominate front gardens, business premises, and community green spaces that they felt brought colour and interest to the borough.
It was also great to see entries from people that have used materials from this or previous years’ RHS Hampton Court Reuse Scheme, a campaign run by idverde (via its legacy company Quadron Services) for the benefit of community gardens across the London contracts where we work.
This year we were delighted to be joined by an array of Kingston’s green fingered residents and organisations including:
- Kingston Borough Commander LFS Peter Rickard representing Surbiton Fire Station, which received the Garden Innovation Award for their Fire Helmet Baskets.
- Paramedic Rachel Peacock representing New Malden Ambulance Station (First Prize: Memorial Garden)
Richard Kempton, South West Trains Community Liaison Manager, whose organisation kindly funded the Malden Manor Adopt a Station Project, where this year’s ceremony was held.
- Malden Manor Adopt a Station Group for their ongoing commitment to the new garden at Malden Manor Station and their support in preparing the site for the event.
A massive thank you also goes to Old Malden Ward Councillor David Fraser MBE who kindly handed out certificates and congratulated all the participants on their hard work in keeping Kingston blooming. He was joined by Kingston Green Spaces Managers Marie-Claire Edwards and Rob Waite.
Rob Waite, Kingston Council Green Spaces Officer, said: “Kingston in Bloom is a gardening competition open to all residents. We are delighted that residents continue to support the competition. The greenery in our streets, parks and allotments can bring enjoyment and create a better environment for all.”
Simon Jakeman, representing Surbiton Fire Station, commented: “It was a true honour to be part of Kingston in Bloom this year and it is hoped that Surbiton Fire Station’s forecourt themed Fire Helmet Hanging Baskets and Fire Bucket Tubs have brightened up the Borough for all to enjoy. We all need to play our part in greening our towns and cities, if we can do it, anyone can. It would be great if we have inspired others to get involved next year.”
Richard Kempton, South West Trains Community Liaison Manager, added: “This is an excellent recognition of the community groups’ hard work in making this small corner of Malden Manor a colourful and pretty little garden. This project has really helped to bring the community together, as well as creating a focal point for the local area and an alternative meeting place during the summer months. South West Trains is very proud of this project and the support we have received from idverde.”
Sue Taylor, Kingston Resident, said: “My husband David and I are absolutely delighted to hear that our garden has won first prize in this year’s Kingston in Bloom competition (under the ‘residential garden’ category). We both really enjoy gardening and it’s always lovely to hear positive feedback from our Kingston neighbours, who tell us how much they enjoy seeing the garden – almost as much as we love working in it! Winning the competition really is the icing on the cake, though. Thank you SO much to the Kingston Team for choosing us!”
Cllr David Fraser MBE, Kingston Councillor, said: “Congratulations to all the prize winners of Kingston in Bloom. Thank you to the team for making this a successful day. Special mention to the Malden Manor Station Garden project for their Award. This project is a great achievement for the local community, who have been very much involved in the project. Special mentions for the services provided by Preeti Chatwal-Kauffman (idverde UK), Richard Kempton (South West Trains and Trish Gant (Kingston Council).”
Preeti Chatwal Service Development Manager, idverde, concluded: “It was a pleasure to work with such a passionate group, all with the combined aim of making Kingston Bloom. It is great to see what can be achieved when client, contractors and the wider community work together in partnership.”