Havering parks scoop top awards

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Havering has bagged a number of top awards in the London in Bloom competition – placing the borough’s parks among the best in London.

The borough was awarded 12 Gold awards, a Silver award and were winners in Park of the Year categories, as well as coming up trumps in categories including Large Conservation Area, Extra-Large Park and Country Park.

London in Bloom is a competition where London boroughs, communities, residents and businesses work together to improve their local parks and environment to make them greener and cleaner places to enjoy.

Parks became places of solace for residents and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic as being somewhere that people could still visit, even during the national lockdown.

They continue to be areas which help boost well-being and mental health, giving people a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said: “We are all extremely proud to see the borough bring home so many prestigious awards. It’s a testament to the Council’s parks and ground maintenance staff, volunteers and Friends of Parks groups.

“Their hard work and dedication reflects the love and commitment we all have for our parks and green spaces.”

The full list of winners:

  • Bedfords Park Walled Garden – Gold (Walled Garden category)
  • Bedfords Park – Gold – (Large Conservation area category)
  • Bedfords Park – Gold – (Country Park category)
  • Central Park – Silver Park (Extra-Large Park of the Year category)
  • Dagnam Park – Gold (Large Conservation area category)
  • Hornchurch Country Park- Gold and category winner (Large Conservation Area category)
  • Hornchurch Country Park- Gold and category winner – (Country Park category)
  • Langtons Gardens – Gold and category winner – (Park of the Year category)
  • Raphael’s Park – Gold – (Extra-Large Park of the Year category)
  • Raphael’s Park – Gold – (Conservation Area category)
  • Spring Farm Park – Gold and category winner – (Large Park of the Year category)
  • Town Hall frontage – Gold – (Small Park category)
  • Upminster Park – Gold – (Large Park of the Year category)
  • London Borough of Havering – Gold (City category)
  • Harrow Lodge Park Secret Garden [ in partnership with Havering Volunteer Centre] – Outstanding – (It’s Your Neighbourhood category)
  • The Friends of Bedfords Park and Walled Garden – (It’s Your Neighbourhood category)
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