Richmond in Bloom: Best Village in Bloom
The judges – Hugo Ross Tatum and Ed Locke – viewed our entry last week, starting with the bench/planter outside the Kew Greenhouse cafe. We are grateful to the Shoe Station for their flower laden tricycle and to Canopy for their floral window display to help support our entry.
The judges saw the flower beds on Kew Station, with the Mediterranean bed looking particularly good at this time of the year, the substantial extension since last year to our planting along the sloping bank facing North Road, and our latest new planting under 1 of the trees on the Plaza. Thank you to all our volunteers for keeping the beds looking good throughout the year and to those who took part in the special tidy up and dead heading last week and to Gary, running the card shop on Kew Plaza, and Daniel Slack from the Kew Gardener for allowing us to use their water for our new plantings.
The judges also met John and Daphne Turner, 2 of our Kew Society volunteers, who have worked so hard to improve the High Park Rise garden on the corner of North Road and High Park Road – it is looking very good. We are grateful to Chris and Chris Motors for continuing to let us use their water supply to keep this garden looking very good, even in the current extended dry spell. The judges are pictured below in the garden with the Kew Society Chair.
Thanks too to Keith Henderson from the Neighbourhood Cafe Yukari for being there on the day to describe their beautiful garden which has transformed the corner of Kew Plaza.
We then waked over to the National Archives and met Elizabeth Cameron-Taber and Mark Sullivan who described all The National Archives have been doing and plan to do in their “Pocket Park”, including the ecological and environmental role of the park and water features, its use by staff and the community, and the very imaginative use of planters, with planting themed to their exhibitions and others used as picturesque bike racks.
Our final stop was Kew Green where the judges met Diana Dunrossil who described the management by volunteers of the historic Kew Pond – a key location in Kew’s heritage and now a haven for wildlife and plants. We crossed over to the Kew Cricket Club where the Chair, Peter Berg, was there to describe all that the Club does for Kew, bringing on new players and providing a venue for events. The Club was looking particularly good with new hanging baskets and the cricket green was indeed looking green.
Thank you for all who are involved. The award for Best Village will be announced at an event on 25th September. We will keep you posted.
We have today submitted our entry for Best Village in Bloom in the Richmond in Bloom competition. Last year we won the Schooling Cup for Best Village (on display in the lobby of The National Archives) and a Silver Gilt award (certificate on display at Kew Gardens Station). We cannot win the cup twice in a row but are hoping that our entry this year might win a Gold Award.
Taking on board the feedback we had last year, we have extended our entry beyond the Kew Gardens Station area to include The Kew Gardener shop front, the Neighbourhood Cafe Yukari on Kew Plaza, the “Pocket Park” at The National Archives, and Kew Green, particularly the Kew Cricket Club and Kew Pond.
You can see our entry here: Richmond in Bloom 2018 Kew Village entry FINAL (3)
We are very grateful to those who have worked with us on our entry for their enthusiastic response and help with preparing descriptions of their parts of the application.
We also contacted many organisations as well as our members to encourage more entries from Kew in the individual award categories and are grateful to those who have decided to enter. We hope Kew will have a strong showing this year.
The judging for Best Village is between 5-7 July with results announced this Autumn.
If you would like to get involved as part of our gardening team, please contact us.
The awards ceremony for the Richmond in Bloom competition was held last night and we are delighted that we won the Best Village in Bloom Schooling Cup award and received a Silver Gilt certificate. All the hard work has been worth it! We are giving some thought to how we might go for Gold next year by widening the entry with more local groups involved, more individual gardeners and local businesses.
Richmond’s Mayor, Councillor LIsa Blakemore presented the award to Caroline Brock, Kew Society Chair and two Kew Society members – John Oxley and Iain Mulligan who are part of a growing band of our volunteer gardeners.
The planting project at Kew Gardens station was officially launched this morning. The idea to transform the overgrown areas of the station into a riot of colour came from Kew Society Chair, Caroline Brock. The project has taken two years to complete and is a collaboration between the Kew Society, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Transport for London, Energy Garden and Groundwork London, and Richmond Council.
Richmond Park and North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith said:
“It’s no small feat pulling big bureaucracies together like the council and TfL and getting them to work together in this way. So someone has done a huge amount of work here and I’m grateful to Caroline and the Kew Society for all their hard work….
…..The first thing people should feel when they get off a train at Kew Gardens station is plants, nature and wildlife and that’s what you’ve achieved here.”
The flowerbeds will be maintained by Kew Society volunteers, we are always looking for more people to help us with weeding and watering so if you would like to be involved do get in touch!
The judges for the Richmond Best Village in Bloom have now visited our competition entries at the corner of North Road and High Park Road (which we are now calling High Park Corner), the station platform areas and the planter/bench outside the Kew Greenhouse Cafe. We contacted all the nearby traders in Kew Village to ask them to make a special effort to make the Village look immaculate and full of blooms on the day of judging and our special thanks go to the Shoe Station for the colourful pots they displayed on the day. We are also grateful to those traders who provide our gardeners with cups of tea and water supplies for our planting, to the Kew Gardens station staff for their enthusiasm, and to passers by who stop to thank us for our work.
The results of the competition will be announced at an Awards Evening which will take place in York House on Tuesday, September 26th.
On Tuesday 25th July this coming week we have a press launch of the work we have done at Kew Gardens station. More news on this shortly.
We have entered the station platforms project together with the little garden at the corner of North Road and High Park Road and the planter/bench outside the Kew Greenhouse cafe for the Richmond Villages in Bloom awards. All are being maintained and enhanced by members of the Kew Society. If you want to get involved, please contact us. Judging will take place at the beginning of July.