Lower Twickenham Village was announced this year’s Best Village in Bloom at the awards ceremony held this week (September 25) at Clarendon Hall, York House, where it was the final presentation to be made by Mayor Councillor Ben Khosa. It had been chosen from four finalist entries which also included Barnes, Hampton Wick and Kew.

This competition, now in its fourth year for all village localities in Richmond Borough, is sponsored by the Parks Department in co-operation with Richmond Borough in Bloom.

Last week Lower Twickenham Village also won a Silver Gilt from London in Bloom and the Chairman’s Award went to Church Street and the Flood Lane car park.

Over 160 gardening enthusiasts attended the event, where Merit Award certificates were handed out to entrants in this year’s business and residential gardening competitions held by Richmond Borough in Bloom.

Bruce Lyons, of Crusader Travel, receiving the winner’s trophy from the Mayor.

Bruce Lyons, of Crusader Travel, receiving the winner’s trophy from David Allister (left), Head of Culture, LBRUT and the Mayor.


27th April 2018

An eye-catching painting of dandelions by seven-year-old Nadia Boeva from Collis Primary School won this year’s trophy in the floral art competition held by Richmond Borough in Bloom. It was presented to her by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Benedict Dias at a special ceremony at York House this week (April 24).

Her painting was chosen from many hundreds submitted by 27 schools in the borough to illustrate the poster to publicise this summer’s gardening competitions.

The entries were judged in four age groups, with a winner and two runners-up in each group,and the overall winner chosen from the four top finalists.

Each of the 12 award winners received a commemorative certificate and prize of art materials at the presentation event attended by parents and teachers, followed by a celebration tea party. See the full list of winners and their paintings HERE.


2nd March 2018

Pictured above, the panel of judges with Mayor Cllr Lisa Blakemore, from left to right: Colin Squire, Sheena Harold, Lucy Kourpas, Susan Hare.

Thousands of entries were received by Richmond Borough in Bloom for this year’s floral art competition, sent in by 27 schools. We were looking for an eye-catching painting showing talent as well as good observation of summer in the garden to illustrate the poster to publicise the season’s gardening competitions open to residents, community groups and business throughout the borough.

The winner, chosen by a judging panel chaired by the Mayor, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, was an unusual but realistic painting of dandelions blowing in the wind, created by seven-year-old Nadia Boeva from Collis Primary School. It was the unanimous choice of the panel who also included Colin Squire of Squire’s Garden Centres, Lucy Kourpas of Achieving for Children, designer Susan Hare and Sheena Harold and Pat Schooling of Richmond Borough in Bloom.

The entries were judged in four age groups, with a winner and two runners-up in each group, the overall winner being chosen from the top four. The poster will be seen in the borough libraries at the end of this month, together with gardening competition entry forms, following a presentation to award winners of commemorative prizes and a celebration tea with the Deputy Mayor at York House on April 24.

The winning painting by Nadia Boeva, age 7, Collis School:


2nd March 2018

All schools in Richmond borough will be eligible to apply for a grant to help pupils become involved in gardening and conservation projects in their grounds. That’s the aim of a new crowd-funding appeal launched by Richmond Borough in Bloom, hoping to reach £5000.

We have always sought ways of encouraging children’s interest in their natural environment and previously made gardening grants to 52 borough schools with funding donated by eBay. The scheme proved highly successful but the funding has now run out and we would like to re-start it.

Given public support, schools will be able to apply in any term for a grant up to £250 to help meet the cost of plants or equipment. For some it provides the encouragement to make a start on gardening while for others it will assist development of new projects planned.

Past grants were used for such works as creating raised borders for vegetables, providing a compost site and a wormery, digging out a pond to establish wildlife and planting a sensory area of plants and shrubs.
Creating gardens in schools will help build, in kids, a life-time appreciation of our natural environment and a will to care for it. With your help we will be able to start up this great scheme again.

To donate visit


23rd February 2017

The competition to find the area in the borough with the most floral display is now into its third year. The Best Village in Bloom competition, organised by Richmond Borough in Bloom with the co-operation and sponsorship of Richmond Council’s Parks department, was declared open for entries at a coffee morning held in York House on February 21, to which representatives of community groups throughout the borough were invited.

The “villages” are the 14 areas designated by the Council and the competition aims to encourage community groups to co-ordinate increased year-round floral display in residential areas, shopping centres and open spaces. Entries will be accepted from more than one community group in each village, where the group feels able to enhance only a section. The combined score in each village will contribute to the chance of winning the overall trophy, which last year was won by Barnes. In addition, all entries will receive a certificate to commemorate their level of achievement, judged along Royal Horticultural Society lines, which enables them to win Gold.

The first 10 community groups to enter will each be given a Squire’s garden centre voucher of £50 value.

For full details and entry form CLICK HERE.

2015 Merit Award winners at celebration ceremony in York House

5th October 2015

This year’s Merit Award winners were presented with their certificates by the Mayor, Cllr Martin Seymour, on September 30th at a celebration ceremony in York House.

The occasion also marked the first year of the new Village in Bloom category sponsored by Richmond Council. It was won by Twickenham, which received a large commemorative cup to be held for the year, and a special plaque for wall mounting. Runners-up Barnes and Teddington each received a special plaque.

Which is the ‘bloomiest’ village of them all?

9th June 2015

A competition to recognise the most ‘floral’ village in Richmond upon Thames is helping to celebrate the 25th year of Richmond Borough in Bloom. The new category, Best Village in Bloom – sponsored by Richmond Council – is being introduced to recognise the efforts of all 14 villages that make up the borough.

Each village is now encouraged to enter – putting forward a lead resident, community group or local organisation to take the lead and coordinate efforts. The judging will be carried out in July – when judges will assess each village.

All floral and greenery aspects will be judged as a whole and will include areas including high streets, shopping areas, community buildings, residential properties of all kinds, school areas and all public spaces. The judges will be looking at hanging baskets, window boxes, containers of every variety, and all forms of natural planting.

The overall winning village will receive a commemorative trophy.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Richmond in Bloom has been a highlight now for 25 years, and its longevity is as a result of the organisers, but also the passion and commitment shown from our residents to ensure that our borough is the most floral in the country. As a borough we have won many awards – this is now a chance to recognise the individual local areas across Richmond upon Thames that make our home so beautiful.”

Pat Schooling, chair of Richmond Borough in Bloom, said: “We hope to receive an entry nominated from an individual or group in every one of the 14 villages in the borough. We believe it will strengthen our reputation as a flowered borough and will make the community spirit in our villages even stronger.”

More details are contained in the Merit Awards entry form leaflet, which also lists the 10 other individual categories including Front Garden, sponsored by Squire’s Garden Centre; Hotel or Pub Exterior, sponsored by Continental Landscapes; Commercial Centre, sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services and Best Environmental Garden, sponsored by Serco.

Download a nomination form here.

Visit one of the most interesting and beautiful private gardens in the Borough

11th April 2015

A garden party in support of Integrated Neurological Services will be held at Trumpeters’ House, Old Palace Yard, Richmond Green TW9 1PD on Sunday 31st May, 2-5pm. In addition to live music, refreshments, stalls and games for the children, there will be an opportunity to tour the 2 acres of beautiful gardens.

Trumpeters’ House stands between the River Thames and The Green on part of the site formerly occupied by Richmond Palace. The name comes from the 2 statues of trumpeting figures that had adorned the Middle Gate of the old palace and were erected on the new house. It is described in the List of Buildings of Architectural and Historical Interest as:-
Grade I. On the site of Palace Middle Gate. Very important early 18c. house. The back is on Old Palace Yard… The main front is on the garden looking towards Cholmondely Walk and the river. It is 2 storey, 11 window, brick with medallion cornice, and a fine full height portico of 4 Roman Doric Columns supporting an entablature with triglyph frieze, and with pediment with red tympanum and oval window in centre. Under the portico in the centre is a door with Doric half-columns and enriched window above.

The parks and open spaces of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

8th October 2014

This promotional video, made by Richmond Council celebrates Richmond Borough being the greenist and most beautiful borough of London. Richmond Borough In Bloom gets a nice mention at 4minutes 45s.

Richmond upon Thames has secured its place as the most ‘floral’ place in the world, at the International Communities in Bloom awards

30th September 2014

Richmond upon Thames has secured its place as the most ‘floral’ place in the world, at the International Communities in Bloom awards.

‘Communities in Bloom’ is a Canadian non-profit organisation committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beauty through community involvement and the enhancement of green spaces. It is an international competition where winning cities of national ‘in-bloom’ programmes are invited to compete and, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames were invited as the winners of Britain in Bloom.

The Sun Inn, Barnes. Photo: Andrew Wilson.

Earlier this year, judges from the competition visited the borough and inspected many of the borough’s parks and open spaces, considering their tidiness, environmental benefits, heritage, landscape and floral displays. All of this was considered in the context of working with the local community to improve and maintain the environment.
At the awards ceremony this weekend in Canada, (20 September) – the borough was crowned overall winner of the ‘International Challenge (Large)’ category.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
This is fantastic news and I am thrilled that the excellence of our parks and open spaces has been recognised once again – this time internationally.
“We have wonderful gardens and parks in all our villages and the judges were spot on to pick up on the cutting edge way we work with local community groups and friends groups to improve and maintain our spaces.
“Over the last few years we have won Britain in Bloom, been awarded 16 Green Flags and had great success in London in Bloom, scooping 12 awards a couple of weeks ago. It is now great to see everyone’s efforts rewarded with this international accreditation. There are hundreds of people involved and all the hard work and pride of everyone who maintain our parks, gardens, hanging baskets or window boxes has been recognised.
“I would like to thank all the Council officers in our parks service and the grounds maintenance contractor for all their efforts. Particularly I would also like to praise the friends and supporters groups which we work well with and who make suggestions about how our open spaces could improve.”

Communities in Bloom Judges, Jim Baird and Berta Briggs said:
“Richmond upon Thames boasts 2500 hectares of open space with 540 hectares under direct Council control. With limited resources, the Parks Department partners with the Friends Groups so each streetscape reflects the personality of the district and the many parks meet the needs and wishes of each community. Survey results indicate huge customer satisfaction as testimony to the success of Richmond’s ability and willingness to work with and engage partners and community groups”.

For more information, go to:

Gardening awards presented to eight schools by the mayor

11th July 2014

The Mayor, Cllr Jane Boulton, presented awards to eight schools who had entered this year’s Richmond Borough in Bloom School Gardening competition at a special ceremony and celebration teaparty held at York House on July 8th.

The overall winner, presented with a commemorative engraved trophy, was Trafalgar Infant School, which also won a Gold certificate and a £100 voucher from competition sponsor Squire’s Garden Centre.

Runner-up was Hampton Hill Junior School, with a Gold certificate and £75 voucher, and third place went to Archdeacon Cambridge’s School, awarded a Gold certificate and £50 voucher.

Silver Gilt certificates were achieved by Carlisle Infants School, Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, The Russell School and Meadlands Primary School. A Silver certificate was awarded to Strathmore S.E.N. School.

Richmond in Bloom has the Mayor on her knees!

24th October 2013

A keen gardener herself, the Mayor, Cllr Meena Bond, began the planting of 1000 daffodil bulbs along the Hampton Road, Teddington, which had been donated to the Richmond Borough in Bloom campaign by Squire’s Garden Centres. Getting down to it with the Mayor on October 14 were, left to right, Sheena Harold, Alan Bowers, Julie Leatherdale (manager of Squire’s, Twickenham), Squire’s plant manager Neil Adari and Des Smith, Richmond Council Parks Manager.

Richmond Borough wins Gold in London in Bloom 2013

6th October 2013

The Mayor, Cllr Meena Bond, presented some 80 Merit Award winners with their certificates at a special ceremony on October 1st, held at York House, Twickenham. Prior to the presentations, members of the judging teams reviewed the gardens and businesses they had assessed in the 10 different categories. Senior representatives of the scheme’s main sponsors, Squire’s Garden Centres, Serco and Continental Landscapes, were also present.

These photos by Stuart Perry show award winners in the different categories. For a copy online or prints please contact and specify the photo number.

Richmond Borough wins Gold in London in Bloom 2013

26th September 2013

Richmond Borough won Gold and was the category winner of the City Group A in this year’s London in Bloom awards announced on September 18th. It was the third year running that the Borough has achieved Gold, placing it top of all London boroughs in this category. Other awards to Richmond Borough were:

London Village: Twickenham, Silver Gilt and category winner
Town centre under 1sq.m: Twickenham, Silver Gilt
Large Park: Terrace Gardens, Silver Gilt
Pub & Restaurant: The White Swan, 3rd place
Edible London: East Sheen Primary School, 2nd place
Display on public highway: Hampton Wick roundabout, 3rd place

Richmond Borough was also nominated this year for Britain in Bloom, for the second time. The awards will be announced on October 12th.

2013 Merit Awards Launch

9th April 2013

Would you like to join us? This is a Gardens Festival event – Richmond Borough in Bloom gardening competitions and Merit Awards 2013 will be launched at Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham Riverside on Wednesday May 8th 2013.

6:00pm Private View of the Exhibition: Arcadian Vistas: Richmond’s Landscape Gardens.
7:15pm Welcome from Richmond Borough in Bloom.

Historic Gardens of Richmond, past and present by Christopher Sumner, Architect and Garden Historian, Chairman, Planning and Conservation Working Group of London Parks & Gardens Trust.

Gardeners’ Q & A
Peter Holman, Horticultural Management Consultant, London in Bloom Managing Trustee and International Judge
Reg Leach, Horticultural Consultant, Richmond Borough in Bloom

Richmond Borough is a finalist in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition. Get expert advice on how beautiful cared-for gardens and floral displays could help us to win Gold.

8:30pm A light buffet will be served following this programme

Would you like to attend? This is a TICKET ONLY event. There is no charge, but we have limited capacity, so tickets will be sent to those who reply the quickest.

TO OBTAIN YOUR TICKET(S) Please email name, address and phone number and say if you would like one or two tickets: to or print and mail this form.

Winners visit the House of Lords

29th November 2012

A group of traders from Church Street, Twickenham, were given a special tour of the House of Lords (November 27th) by Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council. Church Street was the winner of the Diamond Jubilee Shopping Parade competition held this summer by Richmond Borough in Bloom.

The visit was a special prize offered by Lord True. In addition, Church Street Traders Association won the Borough in Bloom Trophy and £500, sponsored by Veolia Environmenal Services, towards further enhancement of their shopping parade.

The picture shows, left to right, Mrs Vasanta Pearce, Wild Goose; Mrs Hedda Lyons, Crusader Travel; Lord True; Mrs Sandra Devine of Stone, Rowe Brewer; Mr John Blain, Church Street Association; Mrs Gillian Giblin, Stone, Rowe Brewer.

Twickenham traders win Diamond Jubilee Shopping Parade competition

2nd August 2012

A group of six traders from Church Street in Twickenham have won a visit to the House of Lords as the guests of Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council after winning the Diamond Jubilee Shopping Parade Competition.

The event, organised by Richmond Borough in Bloom, highlights how floral displays can enhance the shopping experience for residents and visitors alike. The horticultural efforts of traders in various shopping areas across the borough were judged in three categories.

Church Street won the largest group category (41 or more properties) and was also the overall competition winner. In addition to the House of Lords visit, the Church Street Traders Association will receive a commemorative trophy from Richmond Borough in Bloom and £500, sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services, for the further enhancement of their parade.

East Twickenham Traders Association came second in this category for the parade of shops in Richmond Road leading to Richmond Bridge and will receive a cash prize of £250.

Hampton Village Traders Association scooped two group wins, their shopping parades in the Station Road area winning Group 1 (for 6-20 properties), and the Ashley Road/Station Approach area winning Group 2 (for 21-40 properties). Each area will receive £500 sponsored again by Veolia Environmental Services. Second place goes to Kew Royal Parade/Station Parade in Group 1, winning £250.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, joined the judging team last week (July 26) with horticulturalists Reg Leach and Graham Golledge, and Borough in Bloom members Sheena Harold and Pat Schooling.

Cllr Fleming said: “This has been another fantastic year for Richmond Borough in Bloom, and businesses have excelled at showcasing the Borough’s shopping areas through creative and outstanding displays of colour.
Given this very unique year with the Royal visit, Jubilee celebration and the excitement of all the Olympic events taking place in the borough, bringing more visitors than ever, it is a great credit to our local traders that they have worked so hard to make their parades even more attractive.Thanks to the talent and tireless work by our green-fingered business community, Richmond upon Thames is looking brighter and welcoming for both our international guests and our residents.”

Pat Schooling, Richmond Borough in Bloom committee chairman said: “For many years Church Street has been admired for the way floral display is used to help draw in the customers and in this Diamond Jubilee year the traders have excelled themselves. The success of Hampton Village Traders is also quite remarkable, especially as this area has been without any bloom at all until now.”

The awards will be presented on Tuesday October 2 in York House as part of the annual Borough in Bloom Merit Awards evening.

Ten schools win gardening awards

17th July 2012

In this year’s Borough in Bloom School Gardening competition the overall winning Trophy was awarded to the Russell School, just half a mark ahead of Bishop Perrin C of E School in second place and two marks ahead of Archdeacon Cambridge School coming third. These top three schools won Squire’s gardening vouchers to the value of of £100, £75 and £50 respectively.

In addition they were awarded commemorative Gold certificates, as were Chase Bridge School , Trafalgar Infant School , Meadlands School , East Sheen Primary School and Waldegrave School , all of which had achieved marks of £85% or more.

Trafalgar Junior School and Holy Trinity CE Primary School, with marks over 70%, were awarded Silver Gilt certificates.

Representative pupils and teachers attended a special ceremony on July 12th at York House, when the awards presentations were made by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lisa Blakemore and Mr Colin Squire of Squire’s Garden Centres.

Following the ceremony the children enjoyed a celebration tea party.

Grant enables teachers to learn about gardening at Strawberry Hill House

19th June 2012

With help from a grant provided by Richmond Borough in Bloom, primary school teachers from borough schools have been attending gardening classes at Strawberry Hill House which give them ideas for school gardening activities linked to the science curriculum.

There are three sessions in the year. In March they learnt about growth, nutrition and reproduction in green plants, their life cycles, parts and functions. In June, when this picture was taken, the 12 teachers discussed different ways to use their outside spaces to deliver the curriculum, including embracing the educational joy of pests on your vegetables, counting how many species were alive in a square foot of grass, building new features to help with particular objectives and writing “guess the mini-beast poetry”. The third session, to be in September, will focus on seed saving in school. For more information contact

Judging under way for the Richmond Borough in Bloom School Gardening Trophy

19th June 2012

Archdeacon Cambridge School was one of the first to be visited by judges from Borough in Bloom in this year’s School Gardening competition, for which a special trophy awaits the winner. The aim of the competition is to recognise the way in which schools use their grounds as a learning environment, with pupil participation an important element. The many different usages include not only growing flowers, shrubs and trees, but also wildlife areas, vegetable plots, wormeries and ponds.

Entries will be awarded a graded certificate of Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze and the first three places also win Squire’s Garden Centre vouchers to the value of £100, £75 and £50 respectively. The awards will be announced at a special presentation ceremony attended by the Mayor, at York House, Twickenham on July 12.

The overall trophy was won last year by Archdeacon Cambridge. Picture shows, left to right: Etain Gibson, deputy head; Sheena Harold (judge); Colin Cooper (judge); Colin Squire of Squire’s Garden Centres; Kevin Waggott (judge) and in the forefront Richard Parkes, school premises manager, and four of the keen young gardening pupils. Said Mrs Gibson: “Mr Parkes is part of our Sustainability Team and inspires our imagination for gardening as well as working with children to infuse all outdoor learning into the curriculum, e.g. making swift boxes with year 6 boys.”

2012 Poster Competition Winner Announced

22nd April 2012

There were hundreds of entries for this year’s Design a Poster competition, coming from 27 schools in the Borough – and the results are a triumph for Waldegrave School , Twickenham. Not only has the entry from Chloe Booth, age 12, been chosen as the overall winner, but awards have gone to four other entries from Waldegrave School out of the 12 in total.

It has been noticeable over the years of running this annual floral art competition that the standard from Waldegrave is always high, but this year it has been outstanding. When the judges look at the paintings, they do not know which school has entered them. All entries are combined into their age groups and may come from any of the schools which took part.

This year’s judges were the Mayor, Cllr Clare Head; Colin Squire of Squire’s Garden Centres; Susan Hare, commercial designer; Sheena Harold and Pat Schooling from the Richmond in Bloom committee.

The judges were looking for those which were bold, eye-catching, had artistic merit and also showed appreciation of flowers. There was one added quality they were looking for this year, which was the use of Diamond Jubilee colours of gold, purple, crimson and white. This gave an extra dimension to a number of entries and helped dictate the choice of the overall winner.

The award winners have been invited with their parents and teachers to the Mayor’s awards presentation ceremony on Monday April 30th 2012 in York House.

2012 Poster Competition Launched

28th February 2012

This year’s poster competition has officially been launched. You can download the entry form here and head over to the poster competition page for some inspiration!


Shoppers to have a blooming Royal welcome

24th February 2012

Shops and businesses throughout the borough have been invited to enter the Diamond Jubilee Shopping Parade Competition, launched this week (February 24th) by Richmond Borough in Bloom.

The aim is to have floral decoration on shop fronts in every area, whether a large high street or small village, using the royal colours of gold, crimson, purple and white in hanging baskets, window boxes and tubs.

Entries of a shopping parade may be a complete high street or a group of six adjacent shops, one side of the street or a square. They will be judged in three groups, according to size.

The winning entry in each group of shops and businesses will receive a cash prize of £500 to spend on the further enhancement of their parade and the runner-up will receive £250, sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services.

The overall winner will be the parade which gains the highest marks in any of the three groups and will receive a commemorative trophy from Richmond Borough in Bloom. They will also receive an invitation from Lord True, Leader of Richmond Borough Council, for six representatives to enjoy a visit to the House of Lords.

You can download the entry requirements, judging criteria and application form here.

Further information from 020 8744 1171

More gardening help for schools

10th January 2012

Schools in the Borough who would like some help with the cost of gardening improvements can apply to Richmond Borough in Bloom. Following good results shown by use of the grant scheme launched last year, it will be repeated, with applications up to £250 accepted in each school term. The first closing date is February 10th 2012.

The scheme, sponsored by eBay, encourages the integration of ground use with the curriculum and so far 30 schools have received grants. “Many of the borough schools are engaging pupils in imaginative as well as practical gardening projects,” commented Pat Schooling, chairman of Borough in Bloom.

“Growing and using their own vegetables is becoming popular. Nurturing wildlife areas and many aspects of environmental conservation are now an important part of the curriculum for a number of our borough schools. We are delighted when our small grants help to meet the costs of materials, plants and services to make these developments possible.”

Grant scheme criteria and application closing dates can be downloaded here and the application form itself can be downloaded here.


Bloom’s first ever overseas sponsorship – from Japan!

19th December 2011

The Japanese cosmetics company X-One has sponsored four hanging baskets on two lighting columns close to Richmond Station – and a group of eight of the company’s top achieving sales representatives visited Richmond this month (December) to view their plaques and baskets in place.

York House gardens

It is the first sponsorship from overseas to support the Richmond Borough in Bloom campaign. On the day of their visit the group were invited to York House and were given a tour of the grounds which include a Japanese garden as well as the famous statuary, guided by Parks Operations Manager Reg Leach. The Deputy Mayor Cllr Meena Bond accompanied the party and invited them back to the Mayor’s Parlour for coffee before they departed to view their hanging baskets.

The Japanese visitors explained that X-One is a company which is sensitive to environmental issues in its own manufacturing community and elsewhere in the world, sending a visiting group out to view environmental projects in other countries every year. The company was impressed by the growth of our Bloom campaign and asked to participate through sponsorship. We hope that other overseas companies may be encouraged to follow their example – it all helps to expand our tourist trade within the borough.

One of X-One’s sponsored lighting column in Richmond

Richmond awarded Silver Gilt by Britain in Bloom!

26th September 2011

Following its success in gaining Gold from London in Bloom a week ago, Richmond Borough was awarded a Silver Gilt by the Royal Horticultural Society, sponsors of Britain in Bloom – in the Borough’s first time as a finalist in this nationwide competition.

The news was announced at an award ceremony on Sunday, September 25 at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews, Fife hosted by TV gardener and presenter Rachel de Thame.

Richmond Borough was entered in the City category (one of 76 categories in the competition) competing with Bury, Wrexham and York – all of which also were awarded Silver Gilt – and Stockton, which won Gold.

Roger Burnett, chairman of the 12-strong judging panel, explained to the audience of 470 that marks were awarded in three main areas; for horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

In Richmond Borough community participation has for years been strong and lively, emanating from the enthusiasm of residents and businesses participating in our voluntary community group Richmond Borough in Bloom.

In 2012, given the opportunity, we will go for Gold in Britain in Bloom!

Richmond Borough Wins Gold – again!

17th September 2011

Richmond Borough won Gold in this year’s London in Bloom awards, announced at the awards ceremony in City Hall on September 16th, repeating the same achievement in 2010.

A Gold was also awarded to the Terrace Gardens, Richmond and a Silver Gilt to York House gardens in Twickenham. Twickenham Town Centre itself won a Silver.

Further achievements were third place (out of all 32 boroughs) in the Allotments Award, going to Manor Road allotments, third place in the Commons Award going to Ham Common and third place in Pub & Restaurant of the Year – which went to the Eel Pie in Church Street, Twickenham.

Richmond Borough is a finalist in this year’s Britain in Bloom awards and the results will be announced in September 25.

Britain in Bloom Judges visit Richmond Borough

10th August 2011

Richmond Borough, a finalist in Britain in Bloom, was visited on Wednesday August 10th by two Royal Horticultural Society judges who were given a tour of some of the best floral displays in the borough.

Pictured at the start of their day outside York House are Reg Leach (left), Parks Operations Manager, next to judge Roger Burnett with the Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Meena Bond and judge Nigel Bishop flanked by Sheena Harold, vice chairman of Richmond Borough in Bloom.

The resuilts of their visit will not be known until September 25th at the Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in St. Andrews.

Customers’ baskets brighten up the Rifleman

23rd July 2011

Happy Graham Shaw is congratulated as the winner of the Rifleman pub hanging basket competition by licensee Luke Prior. Possibly it’s the first time ever that customers have been invited to design and plant up hanging baskets to beautify their local pub. It proved a popular idea for customers of The Rifleman in Fourth Cross Road, Twickenham, with 13 of the best baskets going up on display.

Their efforts were judged by horticuturalist Reg Leach, the Council’s Parks & Operations Manager, and Sheena Harold, Richmond Borough in Bloom Vice Chairman. Runners-up were Pru Wall in second place and Anne Bartram and Julia Scaping won third. Graham’s colourful basket contains petunia, lobelia, begonias and geraniums.

Growing Grants

8th February 2011

Nine borough schools are the first to receive gardening help from the Richmond Borough in Bloom school grants scheme. Launched last December, the Bloom committee invited schools to apply for a maximum of £250 towards new planting or improvements to their grounds, which are now so often included as an integral part of the curriculum.

The successful schools are:

  • Waldegrave, to help create a sensory garden for students on the autistic spectrum
  • Trafalgar Junior, for a gardening teacher one afternoon weekly this term
  • Nelson Primary, to meet the cost of a concrete base for a greenhouse which is PTA funded
  • Queen’s School, for mulch containers and cold frames for the gardening club
  • Meandlands Primary, to plant an orchard
  • Kew Riverside Primary, to start up a gardening club
  • Harrodian School, for a new dedicated wheelie bin
  • Strathmore, to improve their wheelchair accessible garden with a new storage shed and new seat
  • Carlisle Infant School, for new area of raised beds, containers, plants and compost

The next round of applications will be considered by Richmond Borough in Bloom after the closing date of May 6. The Bloom campaign is receiving major sponsorship from eBay, whose funding is supporting the school grants scheme.

Commented Pat Schooling, committee chairman: “This latest initiative is a development of our work to encourage young people’s interest in their natural environment. There is always a huge response to our annual floral art competition for children at school in the borough, and our school gardening trophy now in its third year aims to encourage further use of school grounds for teaching about wildlife, conservation and sustainability. We are expecting that these grants will make a practical contribution to that aim.”

2011 Poster Competition Launched

7th February 2011

This year’s poster competition has officially been launched! Head over to the poster competition page to download the entry form if you wish to enter.

Richmond Nominated for Britain In Bloom

18th January 2011

The Borough of Richmond has been nominated a finalist this year in the RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM competition. There are 77 finalists in all (11 more than last year) judged in the different categories of village, town, city and urban community.

Entered by London in Bloom, Richmond is representing London in the City category. This means we are in competition with Bury, Stockton, Wrexham and York. Assessment by Britain in Bloom judges will take place in August on a date yet to be announced. The marks cover horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. Residential and community gardening and business areas and premises, as well as all green spaces such as verges, parks and open public areas, are key elements in the judging.

Richmond Borough in Bloom will be doing everything we possibly can to support residents, businesses and schools to achieve their best-ever results. We believe our borough’s best hope of success in Britain in Bloom will rest substantially with all those who have been winning awards in our Richmond Borough in Bloom competitions through the last decade. It is your good work and the generous sponsorship from local business and the community which has helped the borough win a Gold in London in Bloom in the last two years. We are proud to have major support from eBay, Squire’s Garden Centres, the RFU and others – see the list on our home page.

Now is our opportunity to reach for the best award of all.

To achieve optimum display and condition in August you will need to plan your planting and choice of plants carefully. To help this along, we will set back our own Richmond in Bloom judging to a later date than usual. This year it will be in the period July 9th to 16th – in good time to shortlist the entries we hope to show to London in Bloom judges shortly after and then to Britain in Bloom judges in August.

For further news on how we hope to help you – WATCH THIS SPACE!

Gardening Grants for Schools

19th December 2010

A school gardens grants scheme, sponsored by eBay, has been launched by Richmond Borough in Bloom. It is open to all schools in the borough, who can apply for grants up to £250 to help meet the cost of utilising their grounds for gardening beds, conservation and wildlife corners and a variety of teaching projects related to the environment.

About a third of the borough schools already use their grounds in this way and may seek help for developments. Richmond Borough in Bloom is particularly keen to encourage those schools which have not yet done so and may need a start-up grant.

The scheme is commended by the Mayor, Cllr David Marlow, who wrote to head teachers: “A point worth bearing in mind is that this borough has been accepted for entry into Britain in Bloom 2011 and the educational work being done to foster conservation and sustainability awareness will play an important part in the overall assessment by the judges.

There will be three rounds of grants during 2011. Application closing dates are January 14, May 6 and September 16. Details and application forms can be ordered by email to or phone 020 8892 4949.

eBay Sponsors Bloom Campaign

20th August 2010

Richmond Borough in Bloom has secured a major sponsorship deal with eBay which will run for three years. It will help to fund the popular gardening competitions, further enhancement of the streetscene and the development of special new projects.

The first of these is the installation of newly planted flowerbeds and hanging baskets at the Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in Hampton, designed to enhance the frontage welcome and the central leisure area for the children and their families.

Pictured viewing the new floral displays this week (August 19th) are (left to right):
Brian Stewart, interim Chief Executive, Shooting Star Children’s Hospice; Emily Mayer, Hospice PR & Communications Officer; Pat Schooling, chair, Richmond Borough in Bloom; the Mayor, Cllr David Marlow; Douglas McCallum eBay’s Senior Vice President, Europe, and Reg Leach, Parks Operations Manager, LBRUT.

The Bloom campaign, run by an independent community group representing all parts of the borough and working in co-operation with the Council, is now celebrating 20 years of running competitions for residents, businesses and schools.

Pat Schooling, chair of the Bloom committee: “Our various activities have always depended on sponsorship and from the start we have been supported by Squire’s Garden Centre, the RFU and Serco who, for the past six years provided additional generous funding which enabled us to widen our campaign.

We are very fortunate that this major role is now being undertaken by eBay. One of the further developments we can now put in place will be help for schools to make the best use of their grounds as part of the curriculum, to encourage chiildren to become aware of and appreciate their natural environment. We are also aiming to double the number of hanging baskets that beautify our high streets.”

Douglas McCallum of eBay: “As a local employer, we’re delighted to be involved with the Bloom campaign, The Great River Race and the Thames Landscape Project. They make a clear difference to the community and are part of what attracted us to the area in the first place.

With more and more of our employees becoming parents themselves, we’re especially delighted to be able to do something special for the Shooting Star kids and their families.”

The Shooting Star Hospice supports local families with children and young adults who have life-limiting conditions. Find out more at

Gardening Awards Announced

1st August 2010

This year’s results and photos can be found here and schools results here.

Judging the School Gardening Trophy Gets Underway

17th June 2010

Conservation, sustainability and creative planning is the formula to win the Richmond Borough in Bloom School Gardening Trophy, sponsored by Squire’s Garden Centre.

The Bloom campaign last year relaunched its school gardening award to encompass all aspects of the usage of school grounds as a teaching and learning resource. Pupil participation, encouraging children to appreciate their learning environment, is a key element.

Marks are awarded for usage of the grounds, layout (such as wildlife area, sensory garden, project work and compost) and management including adult volunteers. In addition to the trophy, Squire’s garden vouchers to the value of £100, £75 and £50 go to the top three places and other entries considered of high standard are awarded a Certificate of Endeavour. Last year’s trophy winner was Archdeacon Cambridge School.

This month (June) the judges set off to inspect the grounds of 20 borough schools who have entered this year. The judges are Geoff Hyde, chairman of London in Bloom; Reg Leach, Parks Operations Manager, and Colin Cooper of Richmond Environment Network. Our pictures show them at East Sheen Primary School. The award winners will be invited to a special presentation by the Mayor on June 30 at York House.

Young gardening enthusiasts Amelia and Philippa East Sheen Primary School teacher Helen Oakley with Geoff Hyde, Colin Squire, Reg Leach and Colin Cooper East Sheen Primary School teacher Helen Cooper with Borough in Bloom judges Geoff Hyde and Colin Cooper


2010 Poster Competition Announced

28th April 2010

The overall winner has been chosen. Head over to the Poster Competition page for full details of the winner and all runner-up awards.

2010 Poster Competition Launched

9th February 2010

This year’s poster competition has officially been launched! Head over to the competition page to download the entry form if you wish to enter.

Bloom Awards for Richmond Borough

26th September 2009

Richmond upon Thames is one of 32 London Boroughs which enter for the London in Bloom awards, which encompass all the borough’s open spaces, high streets, gardens and buildings. The Borough has won awards in the past (a Silver Gilt for the last two years) but 2009 has turned out to be its best ever.

Richmond achieved the Gold Standard for its mainstream entry into London in Bloom. In its category of City Group A, it was second (but only by a very marginal decision) to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea who also had Gold. The overall Borough Winner was Islington (from Category B).

Richmond also was the Category Winner for Town Centres under 1 sq km with Twickenham, with a silver-gilt award.

The London in Bloom Biodiversity Award (sponsored by London Wildlife Trust) was awarded to Richmond.

The Terrace Gardens, Richmond were awarded Category Winner and Gold in the Parks/Large Public Garden category.

Second place in the Denys Hodder Business Premises Award went to Church Street, Twickenham.

There were awards under the RHS Neighbourhoods Campaign to entries from Richmond for Ham United Group.

Richmond Borough in Bloom is proud to play a part in helping Richmond Borough Council to achieve these remarkable standards. We congratulate the Council on winning these well-deserved awards. Who would doubt that floral display and the maintenance of our open spaces contributes greatly to the pleasure of all who live in, work in and visit this beautiful borough. For further information visit