Just what we need when the days are closing in and the mercury is dropping: a warm golden glow for the Village from the recent award ceremonies for London in Bloom
and Britain in Bloom.

Thanks to the long-standing and indefatigable leadership of Helen Lerner, the Village hit new heights both here on the ground and in the eyes of the RHS judges.

And if you want to help create the glory as well as bask in it, you can always get involved in the monthly gardening group. Details of that and of all the prizes are below …

Walthamstow Village in Bloom – The results in full

By Helen Lerner

Have you heard? After 15 years of Village gardening, blood, sweat and tears we’ve finally won that elusive national Gold Medal!

At a very exciting awards ceremony in Lllandudno, the Walthamstow Village in
Bloom team – Jakob Hartmann, Teresa Deacon, Caroline Barton, John Chambers and myself (Helen Lerner) represented the London region in the Urban Community category, where we were awarded our first Gold Medal.

But that’s not all; we also scooped the RHS Britain in Bloom Growing Communities Award to recognise our community’s team-work to transform the area. And for the cherry on the cake, I was very was honoured to receive an RHS Community Champion of the Year award.

National judges Darren Share and Geraldine King said on the judging sheet: ‘Walthamstow Village certainly puts the “community” into community gardening. The effort put in by all was impressive. Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to see your future successes. A very well-deserved Gold.’

Local Front Garden & Beautiful Premises Challenge Winners

We held our local awards ceremony at the WVRA AGM on 6 November where all our 2017 awards were on show and, after the formal business, Helen and Teresa presented Certificates of Participation and London in Bloom Certificates of Excellence to the challenge entrants present.

Challenge Winners

  • Best Community Garden – Gerard Clegg and the Cherry Close residents
  • Best Front Garden – Dickon J C Bowling, East Avenue
  • Best Containers – Georgina Abbott, Beulah Road
  • Best Hanging Baskets – Benjamin Hills, Beulah Road
  • Best Balcony – Felicity Sykes, Alander Mews
  • Best Tended Tree-Pit – Mick, The East London Sausage Company £100
  • Most Improved Front Garden – Jane Radford of Beulah Road

Certificates were also presented as a token of thanks to members of the team of Weekly Waterers who care for the Village Veg Plots. Congratulations and well done to all Challenge entrants and very many thanks to our Gardening Group, especially Jakob Hartmann, and all our volunteers who work so hard to get and keep the Village looking good. And also thanks to our hardworking and community-minded residents, schools, organisations and businesses, and to everyone who attended clean-ups, social and fund-raising events and generously supported and sponsored our entry.

And if you want to help maintain those gold standards…

WVRA Gardening Club

Please do come and join us on the first Saturday of every month at the Village Square at 10.30am for a couple of hours. We have a year-round programme of digging, pruning, planting and weeding, and you can bring your own tools or use ours. It’s good, healthy fun for all ages and gardening abilities, with the bonus of getting to meet lovely people and make the area look fantastic.

This article first appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of “The Village” magazine.

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