PaddingtonNow BID emerged triumphant from the 2018 RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony, which took place in Belfast on Friday 19 October.
The BID won a Silver Gilt Award for representing London in the BID, Town or City Centre Category in what is widely recognised as the most competitive nationwide community horticultural competition.
- Judges were impressed by the vivid seasonal displays that welcomed visitors to the area, with special mention to The Pride of Paddington Pub’s exceptional frontage.
- They commended efforts to increase biodiversity by adding sparrow boxes to Norfolk Square Gardens and bee hives to the Prince of Wales Pub roof.
- They were also impressed by the ‘Click and Collect Campaign’ designed to reduce traffic pollution by coordinating vehicle deliveries.
The BID, with the help of Windowflowers, provides 90 hanging baskets and 80 tubs and planters within the BID area. It also contributes to the structural and landscaping aspects of Norfolk Square Gardens, Talbot Square and Sussex Gardens. Each display is meticulously placed to ensure maximum enhancement to the area, often in places in need of brightening up or in front of construction sites, something that is common in inner city locations.
After scooping Gold and Winning Best in Category for BIDs at London in Bloom 2017, Paddington was chosen as one of four finalists to fly the flag for the capital in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.
A total of 76 groups from across the UK competed in 12 categories, with each vying for a gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze medal.
Finalists were judged on their horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility with the RHS judges visiting communities from the end of July after months of hot and dry weather.
Darren Share, Chair of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges, said: “This year’s finalists faced the most challenging conditions the competition has ever seen with much of the country under snow and ice at the start of spring followed by the joint-hottest summer on record.
“That so many groups have walked away with top medals is remarkable and a reflection of communities’ hard work, ingenuity and horticultural know-how.”
The awards ceremony, held in Belfast, was attended by BID Directors, Anastasios Moros, Owner, Shakespeare and Dolphin Hotels and Paul Charalambous, Owner, Stylotel and Sussex Arms Pub and PaddingtonNow BID Manager, Chris Peers, who said:
‘Enhancing and improving the environment in Paddington continues to be a top priority for the BID and we will continue to work with Windowflowers, Westminster Council and the many other stakeholders, businesses and residents in Paddington to ensure Paddington improves year on year’
For more information about RHS Britain in Bloom visit www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/britain-in-bloom