By Helen Lerner
All in all, it’s been quite a year, but we think the Village is looking better than ever. A good thing really as in July and August we had both the regional and national Royal Horticultural Society judges visiting. In London we are a finalist in the London Village category, while nationally we are representing the capital in the Urban Community group.
The judges play their cards close to their chests and give very little away during their tour so it’s hard to tell how we did. What we do know is that everyone who has been involved throughout the year should be very proud of their efforts – many thanks to our Gardening Club, including those who have adopted planters, the Village Veg organisers and their team of weekly waterers, the Vestry House Museum Gardeners, Gerry Clegg and the Cherry Close Gardeners and all the volunteers who work so hard to keep the Village looking good.
And let’s not forget our schools, organisations, businesses, Hoe Street Councillors, Waltham Forest Council and Paul Tickner, and everyone who attended clean-ups, social and fund-raising events.
The London in Bloom awards are in late September, while in October the Britain in Bloom awards in Llandudno will reveal the national winners. We are crossing all appendages in our quest for Gold. Once we get the news we’ll announce the results on our Twitter and Facebook feeds (@e17inbloom), and after that on the Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association website.
Whatever the outcome, we’ll have a Blooming big celebration at the WVRA AGM on Monday 6th November at 8pm at the Waltham Forest Community Hub when we announce the winners of our local Front Garden and Beautiful Premises Challenges and hand over the £100 prize for the Most Improved Front Garden.
This article first appeared in the Autumn 2017 edition of “The Village” magazine.