Kingston blossoms at 2015 London in Bloom Awards

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Kingston blossoms at 2015  London in Bloom Awards

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:

  • 249 hanging baskets and barrier planters – an extra 9 locations than the previous year
  • Re-using plants from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the raised flower beds outside Kingston station
  • Clean Up Week, where eight McDonald’s staff joined Kingstonfirst rangers and work experience students to help pick up litter and maintain plants
  • Theming free children’s activities around gardening, recycling and nature during the Thumbs up It’s Thursday programme
  • Introducing a lawn and deck chairs to the refurbished Ancient Market
  • Teaming up with Kingston University to deliver the Urban Geographies module, a final year geography project setting students a challenge to improve the town centre. This year, students were asked to develop a brief for a disused part of the riverside. The winning proposals focused on the introduction of a biodiversity centre educating users on how to grow their own food

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. ”   

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Photo by Chris Gray.