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Hillingdon gardeners dig for victory at London In Bloom 2013
HILLINGDON triumphed over tough competition at the London in Bloom Awards, winning gold for the first time at the ceremony in Richmond Park.
The borough was named overall winner of the Large City category for the second year running, and won a further 26 awards over a number of categories, making this the borough’s most successful horticultural year.
Breakspear Crematorium, Eastcote House Gardens and Poor’s Field at Ruislip Lido all retained gold in their individual categories.
Poor’s Field again won London Common of the Year, while the borough was awarded first place in the London in Bloom Biodiversity Award.
The annual London awards been running for more than 40 years and are designed to promote gardening and horticulture across the capital.
The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens won the Champion of Champions neighbourhood category, making them London's top voluntary gardening group.
Lesley Crowcroft, their chairman, said: “The Friends are so dedicated and hard-working. We have the backing of Hillingdon Council’s Green Spaces team and we are so grateful for the excellent working relationship that we have. The one thing that achieves good results is team work."
Hillingdon now goes forward to the Britain in Bloom Awards, the winners of which will be announced next month. It is one of 80 finalists selected from more than 1,000 entries and is one of only two London boroughs invited to take part.