Havering has broken its own record, more than doubling the number of awards it won last year, after it was presented with 23 London in Bloom awards at a ceremony yesterday (Monday 8 September).

Parks in Havering have done particularly well, securing 16 of the awards.

The borough can boast five gold awards, including the London Borough City Award, the Large Park of the Year for Raphael Park, the Large Park over 25 acres Award for Harold Wood Park, and Large Conservation Area and Country Park Awards for Bedfords Park.

One of the judges for London in Bloom, Martin Rodwell, commented on how much he enjoyed visiting the borough, he said: “It was a real pleasure to have judged Havering’s Parks.”

Havering is already one of the greenest places in London, boasting 6,000 hectares of green belt, which covers almost half the borough.

Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council, said:

“Last year we won 10 awards, which was the best we’d had at that point, so to more than double that and win 23 awards is quite incredible, and goes to show how much pride we have in our wonderful green spaces. I’m very thankful to everyone who has worked tremendously hard to maintain these spaces – it’s because of them that we have this accolade.”

Here is a full list of the awards:

Small Park of the Year:

Langtons House & Gardens – Silver Gilt

Secret Garden (Harrow Lodge) – Silver Gilt

 

Park of the Year:

Lodge Farm Park – Silver Gilt

St Andrews Park – Silver Gilt

Upminster Park – Silver Gilt

 

Large Park of the Year:

Raphael Park – Gold

 

Large Park of the Year (Over 25 Acres):

Harold Wood Park – Gold

 

Country Park Award:

Hornchurch Country Park – Silver Gilt

Havering Country Park – Gold

Bedfords Park – Gold and Overall Category Winner

 

Small Conservation Area:

Lawns Park – Silver Gilt

Harrow Lodge Park – Bronze

 

Large Conservation Area:

Cranham Brickfields – Silver Gilt

Dagnham Park – Silver Gilt

Bedfords Park – Gold and Overall Category Winner

 

Large Cemetery:

Romford Cemetery – Bronze

South Essex Crematorium – Silver Gilt

 

BID:

London Riverside Business Improvement District – Silver Gilt

 

Best Front Garden:

Sylvia Littlewood from Woodcote, Broxhill Road, Havering-Atte-Bower– Runner Up

 

London Borough City Award:

Havering – Gold

 

It’s your neighbourhood Award:

Myplace Youth Garden Project

The Friends of Bedfords Park & Walled Garden

Upland Court Road