Hackney blooming in London contest

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By ABattisby | Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 20:26

Hackney is in bloom after picking up six awards at the prestigious London in Bloom awards.

It was Hackney's best ever results for its parks and open spaces at this year’s awards.

Hackney is the greenest inner London borough with 62 parks, including Dalston favourite London Fields, gardens and open spaces totalling 330 hectares of land.

Hackney also has 12 Green Flags - one of the highest numbers in London - recognising some of its parks as being amongst the best in England and Wales.

For the second year Hackney has received the silver gilt award for the borough overall. There were also accolades for individual locations around the borough, including first place for Well Street Common in the commons award; silver gilt award for Springfield Park and bronze for Haggerston Park in the large park category; silver for Clapton Pond in the recreation ground / small park category; and third place for Mabley Green Community Meadow in the community garden award.

The contest supports and encourages gardening, horticulture and environmental sustainability across the London boroughs. Judges visited Hackney in the summer and were impressed with the general standard of maintenance in the parks and open spaces as well as the community involvement.

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Congratulations to all the staff, user groups, residents and businesses who have helped Hackney achieve its best ever result in the London in Bloom competition. It shows how much pride we are all taking in our local environment while making the borough more attractive for those who live, work or visit in the area.”

For more information about Hackney’s parks and open spaces telephone 020 8356 8429 or email: parks@hackney.gov.uk

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