When it comes to winning awards for green initiatives, Kingston town centre continues to blossom.
The town has been given a Silver Gilt award at the 2015 London in Bloom awards, one of the highest accolades available.
It is the third time in four years that the town centre has received the award.
The award submission was organised by the town centre’s business improvement district (BID) Kingstonfirst.
The portfolio handed to judges featured the 750 businesses within the BID who contribute to the town centre’s horticultural programme, including Natwest, Al Forno, the King’s Tun, Woody’s and Saipem UK.
It also made reference to the John Lewis roof garden, where staff have been trained to manage beehives, and the Christmas tree campaign at the Rose Theatre, which saw presents handed out to disadvantaged children within the borough.
Throughout the year, Kingstonfirst has maintained a series of events, community programmes and initiatives to keep the town centre green, including:
Ros Morgan, Kingstonfirst chief executive, said:
‘It’s lovely to be recognised for all the work that goes in to keeping Kingston in bloom throughout the year. ‘Our businesses spend a huge amount of time and effort making their shopfronts, and the town centre in general, a nicer place to work and visit. ‘I’d like to thank all of them as well as our own Kingstonfirst rangers, volunteers and work experience students, who work alongside all our other partners to make the town centre the colourful, clean and green environment it is. ”
Photo by Chris Gray.