PaddingtonNow is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Gold Award by London in Bloom in their 2018 competition.
As one of nine entries in the Business Improvement District category, Paddington was awarded Gold along with London Bridge. Seven other BIDs competed winning a Bronze, five Silvers and a Silver Gilt.
The BID was recognised for its efforts in improving the overall appearance of the area, and at the same time for using environmental and sustainable solutions to improve air quality, discourage anti-social behaviour and encourage community spirit.
The BID maintains 90 hanging baskets and 80 tubs and planters in the BID area. It also contributes to the structural and landscaping aspects of Norfolk Square Gardens, Talbot Square and Sussex Gardens.
Flower baskets and tubs did a fantastic job of cheering up Praed Street, each one strategically placed in areas with the most through-fare or areas in need of brightening up. It was this meticulous attention to detail that was recognised by Judges and the pots and planters were described as being maintained to a ‘very high quality’.
A long running railing restoration and landscaping project on Sussex Gardens was acknowledged by judges as having provided the opportunity to replant the area with pollinator plants such as salvia, rosemary and lavender, it has also improved the appearance of the area and been successful in combatting the antisocial activity that the area was once associated with.
In further efforts to improve bio-diversity and the environment, the BID worked in collaboration with Westminster Council, Continental Landscapes and local volunteers to install sparrow boxes in the area’s green spaces. The BID also uses sustainable methods in order to maintain the environment, for example the flower borders in Norfolk Square Gardens are mulched with green waste supplied by the Royal Parks. In addition, many flower baskets that might otherwise be thrown away after large events are sourced, reused, and revived by the BID.
On October 19, the results for the national Royal Horticultural Society Competition, Britain in Bloom, will be announced. PaddingtonNow are finalists, representing London in its category and hopeful of making a good showing.