Ealing’s parks are bloomin’ lovely

Ealing’s parks showed-off their colours on Friday (19 July) when representatives from London in Bloom came to town to judge the borough’s green spaces.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz with Assistant Parks Improvement Manager, Justin Pilbeam, London in Bloom judge, Robert Player , Walpole Park Manager, Emma Allen, London in Bloom judge, Andy Williams and park ranger, Tim Crane
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz with (left to right) Assistant Parks Improvement Manager, Justin Pilbeam, London in Bloom judge, Robert Player , Walpole Park Manager, Emma Allen, London in Bloom judge, Andy Williams and park ranger, Tim Crane

The competition is designed to promote gardening, horticulture and biodiversity across London, to make it a greener and cleaner place to live, work and visit. It is one of 17 regional campaigns, with overall category winners going on to compete in Britain in Bloom, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.Ealing as a whole was entered in the competition under the large city category, along with Southall Manor House Grounds, King George’s Playing Fields and Three Bridges Park under the small park/garden of the year category. Each entry was assessed against the criteria of community participation, environmental responsibility, horticultural achievement and overall impact.

Three Bridges Park was opened to the public earlier this year, following work to transform a previously unused piece of land on the border a historic road, rail and canal crossing into a park. The space now features open grass area with a pathway winding towards the canal and wooden seats in the shape of the letters spelling ‘Three Bridges’, as well as many new flowers and shrubs.

King George’s Playing Fields and Southall Manor House Grounds also recently underwent some impressive changes as part of the council’s wider park regeneration work, including the installation of new seating and pathways, as well as garden landscape work. New flower beds, shrubs and trees were also planted at both sites, with help from local school groups and volunteers.

Ealing has long been famous for its lush open spaces and has previously won or been awarded runner-up in several London in Bloom categories. This year, Ealing is also in the running to win several discretionary awards, which include the edible London award, community garden award, and floral display award. Winners of the competition will be announced at a ceremony in September.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Local people, community groups, businesses, schools and the council put a lot of work into keeping Ealing one of the greenest and leafiest boroughs in London. The London in Bloom competition is a great initiative to formally recognise all of this hard work and would place us more firmly on the map as a beautiful place to live and work.”

Ealing’s entry into the 2013 London in Bloom competition is being led by the council’s park ranger team.