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It's official! Sutton is blooming marvellous. 08.09.10

Sutton has won a bumper crop of awards in the prestigious London in Bloom competition.

Sutton in Bloom

The borough enhanced its reputation as one of the capital's greenest areas after picking up a Silver Gilt award for the second year running at the awards ceremony at The Guildhall in the City of London.

The Oaks Park in Carshalton also won a Silver Gilt award in the Best Park/ Large Garden category, while Benhill Allotments in Sutton came third in the Best Allotment Site category.

London in Bloom judges visited the borough during Take Part, Take Pride week in July.

They visited Sutton's three Green Flag award-winning parks – Cheam Park, Oaks Park and The Grove Park in Carshalton – as well as the Stanley Park allotments in Carshalton to see the award-winning lavender fields, the Sutton Ecology Centre and Benhill Allotments.

Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries on Sutton Council, said: ""Sutton has some of the best parks you will find anywhere in the capital and our allotments and parks are booming.

"We want Sutton to be a place where people take part and take pride, and the annual In Bloom competition is a brilliant example of how we are making this happen.

"I'm delighted that the efforts of people across the borough who helped brighten up our parks, streets and gardens have been recognised. High levels of hard work and passion from our residents, businesses, community groups and parks department paved the way for this success."

The annual London in Bloom competition, which was initiated by the London Tourist Board in 1967, recognises and celebrates efforts to improve the local environment.

Each year a panel of judges tours London boroughs to view and inspect parks, gardens and community projects.

Sutton in Bloom 2010 Prize Winners

Best Front Garden Category

1st Place – Mr & Mrs Fawcett, Acre Lane, Carshalton

Runner- Up – Ann Nicholas, Surrey Grove, Sutton

Best Community Garden

1st Place – Greenway, Wallington

Best Wildlife Garden

1st Place – Joanne Winn, Little Woodcote Estate, Wallington

Best Allotment Garden

1st Place – Mr & Mrs King, Benhill Allotments, Sutton

Best Business Frontage

1st Place – The Railway Tavern, North Street, Carshalton

Best School Garden

1st Place – Devonshire Primary School, Sutton

Runner- Up – Carshalton Boys Sports College, Carshalton

Last updated: Monday, 11 October 2010

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